US father and son admit they helped former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape Japan



Ghosn was free on bail while awaiting trial on four counts of financial misconduct, which he denies, when he managed to pass authorities on a private jet, transit Turkey and land in Lebanon.

The escape was very embarrassing for

, who called it “one of the most brazen and best-orchestrated fugitive acts in recent history.”

The Taylors, along with a Lebanese national still at large, are suspected of orchestrating the December 2019 escape, including putting Ghosn inside a box of audio equipment to take him to the private jet.

The couple fought for their extradition to Tokyo, claiming they could face conditions similar to torture and have not commented on their case since they arrived in early March.

Tokyo Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hiroshi Yamamoto declined to comment on their arrangement, but local media said both men admitted to wrongdoing during questioning.

Former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn remains at large in Lebanon. Photo: AP

Public broadcaster NHK has said Peter received 144 million yen ($ 1.3 million) from the Ghosns for his help.

The Asahi The newspaper said the couple spent most of the money preparing for the escape, including the costs of chartering a private jet, claiming they were not paid for their help.

Ghosn remains at large in Lebanon, where he was questioned last month by French investigators for a series of alleged financial irregularities.

Among the allegations are improper financial interactions with the Renault-Nissan dealer in Oman, payments from a Dutch subsidiary to consultants and lavish parties organized at the Palace of Versailles.

The questioning took place with his defense team and a Lebanese prosecutor present. Ghosn was heard as a witness, as he would have to be in France to be formally charged.

Others involved in Ghosn’s case have faced legal process, including his former Nissan assistant Greg Kelly, who is also on trial in Tokyo for his alleged role in understating the tycoon’s income.

And a Turkish court sentenced two pilots and another employee of a small private airline to four years and two months in prison for their role in Ghosn’s escape.

Ghosn changed planes in Turkey on his way to Lebanon, and the three Turks were accused of being involved in a conspiracy to smuggle a migrant.