Tokyo prosecutors charge two over Ghosn escape

Tokyo prosecutors charged two Americans on Monday (March 22) with illegally helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan more than a year ago.

Michael Taylor and his son Peter could face jail terms of up to three years.

Extradited by U.S. authorities this month, the Special Forces veteran and his son have been detained in the same prison where Ghosn was held.

In a statement, prosecutors said the men knowingly helped the business leader evade punishment and escape the country by smuggling him onto a private jet hidden in carry-on luggage.

They're accused of receiving $1.3 million for their services.

Ghosn remains a fugitive in his childhood home, Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.

At the time of his escape, the former exec was awaiting trial on charges of financial wrongdoing.

These included understating his compensation in Nissan’s financial statements.

And enriching himself at his employer’s expense through payments to car dealerships.

Ghosn denies all wrongdoing.

Greg Kelly, a former Nissan executive, is standing trial in Tokyo charged with helping Ghosn hide $85 million in income.