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2 Americans wanted over Ghosn's escape handed to authorities in Japan

Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn flee Japan in a box in 2019 were handed over to Japanese custody Monday, their lawyer said.

Why it matters: The extradition of Michael Taylor, 60, a private security specialist and former Green Beret, and his son Peter Maxwell Taylor, 27, ends a months-long fight to remain in the U.S.

The big picture: Ghosn was awaiting trial in Tokyo on financial misconduct charges following his 2018 arrest, when he fled in 2019 to Lebanon — where he has citizenship. He denies any wrongdoing.

  • The Taylors, from Massachusetts, had been detained in a Boston jail since their arrest last May.
  • When asked during an interview with Vanity Fair last year why he became involved in Ghosn's escape, Michael Taylor responded by quoting the Special Forces' motto: "De oppresso liber" or "to liberate the oppressed."
  • He told AP last month his son wasn't involved in the operation.

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