TOKYO (AP) – The Japanese aponia prosecutor’s office on Monday accused two Americans, Michael Taylor and his son Peter, of fleeing former Nissan President Carlos Gosn to Lebanon while on bail.
Tokyo District Attorneys are questioning the Taylor after they were extradited from the United States earlier this month. They have been held in a Tokyo jail since March 2.
Prosecutors said Taylor had been formally charged with aiding and abetting the fugitive, although the date of the trial and other details were unclear. Prosecutors sought to extradite them months after they were arrested and detained in the United States last May.
Tokyo Deputy Attorney General Hiroshi Yamamoto said Monday was the last day Taylor could be arrested without charge under Japanese apony law.
Now that they have been charged, they can continue to be detained. The court will decide whether they will be released on bail.
Yamamoto said prosecutors were demanding continued detention, arguing that the two could escape or hide evidence. He declined to comment on other Taylor health conditions, but said appropriate procedures were being taken.
“We remain grateful to the United States for its cooperation and hope that the trial will continue,” he said, referring to the Taylor extradition.
The Taylor were immediately available for comment, as is customary in the Japan Aponia Penitentiary, where more than 99% of those on trial are charged.
Ghosn, who ran Nissan Motor Co. for almost two decades, was arrested in November 2018 and later charged with underestimating his compensation and breach of trust.
He jumped hostage and fled to Lebanon in December 2019. Goss says he is innocent. Japan has put the aponia os in the pursuit of Interpol, but Lebanon has no extradition treaty with the extra aponia.
Yamamoto said Japan Aponia was still determined to see Gh oss’s trial.
Michael Taylor, 60, with the help of another man, George Lorge-Antoine Ay, hid Gh osn in a large black box that allegedly contained audio equipment, although they knew os os would not be allowed to leave the country pending trial, prosecutors said.
The box went through airport security in Osaka, central Japan, and was loaded onto a private jet flying to Turkey.
Peter Taylor, 28, is accused of meeting his father and helping his father escape. Authorities say they paid the Taylor at least $ 1.3 million.
Taylor’s lawyers in the United States fought against the extradition, saying that it was possible that Japan would be treated unfairly in Aponia, subjected to “mental and physical torture.”
They argued that jumping bail was not a crime under Japanese aponia law. This is technically correct, but most fleeing people are easily caught in aponia.
Ay ayek is not under arrest. Yamamoto declined to comment on Ay Ayek’s whereabouts.
Japanese Aponia prosecutors say they have enough evidence to convict the tyrants.
If convicted, Taylor faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 300,000 yen ($ 2,900).
Separately, former Nissan executive vice president Greg Kelly has appeared in court on charges of under-reporting Ossetian compensation. American Kelly says she is innocent because she did not know about such actions.
“Nissan, as a company, is also on trial.” Nissan has admitted its illegality.
No verdict is expected for months.
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