Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s former chairman, remains an “international fugitive,” but two men suspected of helping Ghosn flee Japan were arrested in the United States on Wednesday,media CNET reported. The two men, Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, were arrested Wednesday at Harvard, Massachusetts, Reuters reported. In January, Japan issued a warrant for the two men. U.S. law enforcement officials arrested Peter Taylor after learning that he had booked a flight from Boston to Beirut, Lebanon.
The two men allegedly helped plan Ghosn’s plan to flee Japan to Lebanon. Earlier media reports said that The media Gorn escaped from Japan by hiding in a musical instrument box. A third man, George-Antoine Zayek, is also said to be part of the scheme but has not yet been arrested. In addition to the Japanese arrest warrant, Turkey has indicted seven people, including the pilot, who were allegedly part of the scheme.
Since Lebanon did not have an extradition agreement with Japan, Ghosn remained a free man in his native Lebanon. Mr. Ghosn has maintained his innocence after being accused of a number of financial misdeeds and arrested by Japanese authorities in 2018. Japanese prosecutors have accused him of underreporting revenue and misappropriating company assets. In the U.S., the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has also investigated Mr. Ghosn for misconduct, and Mr. Ghosn has since reached a settlement with the SEC. The executive had previously said he had fled Japan to extricate himself from injustice.
Nissan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.