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Japanese court sentences two Americans to two years in prison over Carlos Ghosn's escape

A Tokyo court on Monday sentenced former US special forces soldier Michael Taylor to two years in prison and his son Peter to one year and eight months in prison for helping the former head of Nissan Motors, Carlos Ghosn, escape from Japan.

Carlos Ghosn was facing accusations of financial irregularities, but he managed to escape from his prison in Japan and return to his country of Lebanon, where the government does not have an extradition agreement with Japan.

According to France 24, it was Michael Taylor, 60, who was convicted of the heaviest penalty, and his son Peter Taylor, 28, who have been on trial since last month in Tokyo in this resounding case that shook Japan. Both have pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

The American authorities had arrested Taylor and his son in May 2020 in the United States after they helped smuggle Carlos Ghosn on a private plane in a box of musical instruments from Japan through Turkey, to Lebanon.

Taylor and his son were extradited to Japan earlier this year and appeared for the first time in court last June, where they admitted helping Ghosn escape.

It is reported that they spent more than a year in provisional detention, and the sentence that will be issued against them may take into account the period of their imprisonment in the United States pending extradition to Japan.