Michael Taylor, 60 years old Former American Green Beret, Has apologized to Japan for scheduling issues Carlos Ghosn’s elaborate escape He went to Lebanon and said that after hearing his “psychological torture” claim, he acted out of sympathy for the former Nissan chairman.
“I deeply regret my actions and sincerely apologize for causing difficulties to the judicial process and the Japanese people. I am sorry,” Taylor, who has been extradited from the United States, said in a Tokyo court on Tuesday.
His son Peter also had a similar apology. He was jointly accused in court of participating in a complex trick that caused Ghosn to leave Japan on a bullet train, two hotels, a private jet, and a box of mobile music equipment. Yu of.
“I take full responsibility and apologize,” said Peter Taylor, who said he was attracted to this project because of his emotional connection with the Ghosn family and because his godmother is a relative of the former Nissan chairman.
Earlier this month, the American father and his 28-year-old son Plead guilty When they first appeared before a panel of three judges in the Tokyo District Court. They will face up to three years in prison.
Ghosn remained in Lebanon and continued to claim that his bold escape was to “escape injustice.” The former head of the Renault-Nissan Alliance faces multiple allegations of financial misconduct, but he denies the allegations. Ghosn is still the subject of an international arrest warrant issued by Japan, but Lebanon has not yet taken action on it.
In explaining why he decided to help escape from prison, Michael Taylor said that he “felt sympathy” for Ghosn after Ghosn’s wife Carol told him how the Japanese authorities treated him after his arrest at the end of 2018.
Ghosn’s long-term imprisonment and the conditions of his inability to meet his wife’s bail have once again triggered many long-standing criticisms of the way Japanese prosecutors set up cases. But his flight to Lebanon and the Taylors’ testimony also showed how strict bail conditions were broken. According to reports, Ghosn communicated with the two via mobile phones and held a secret meeting in Tokyo.
“The torture she described was solitary confinement, questioning over and over again. They would not let husband and wife talk to each other,” Michael Taylor said, adding that Ghosn also mentioned “psychological torture” and “solitary confinement.”
When his lawyer asked him if he had any questions about the torture story, Michael Taylor said that he had never been to Japan at the time and was “shocked when I heard the news.”
The extradition of the Taylors from the United States to Japan was based on a 40-year-old treaty between the two countries, but it has rarely been used in white-collar crimes in history. In the extradition of Taylor and his son, both father and son seemed to use various legal means to resist. A federal judge described the conditions in Japanese prisons as “regrettable.”
But in court on Tuesday, Michael Taylor told prosecutors that although lawyers and legal experts suggested that extradition was unlikely, he actually preferred to be sent to Japan immediately, because the situation in the United States was “very bad” during the worst of times. The Covid-19 pandemic.