A federal choose denied bail to 2 Massachusetts males accused of smuggling Carlos Ghosn out of Japan, ruling that they’re flight dangers and lack sufficiently sturdy authorized arguments to be launched as they battle extradition to Japan.
Michael L. Taylor, 59 years outdated, and his son Peter M. Taylor, 27, were arrested in May on the request of Japanese authorities. They’ve been held in a Boston-area county jail whereas dealing with extradition underneath a Japanese statute that makes it unlawful to harbor a legal.
Mr. Ghosn, who was residing in a court-monitored Tokyo home whereas dealing with financial-crime allegations from his time operating Nissan Motor Co., fled Japan late final 12 months, smuggled inside a musical-equipment box onto a ready non-public jet certain for Turkey. One other flight introduced him to Lebanon, the place he stays. Mr. Ghosn has denied the allegations of monetary wrongdoings in Japan and has stated he fled the nation as a result of he wouldn’t obtain a good trial.
U.S. prosecutors have stated the Taylors had been key contributors within the plot, citing the Japanese investigation that included in depth video proof of the Taylors’ actions in Japan. This week prosecutors additionally launched proof allegedly displaying wire transfers of $862,500 final October from a Ghosn checking account to an organization tied to Peter Taylor.