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Two accused of helping Ghosn escape land in Japan

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Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday (March 2).

U.S. Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, were extradited by U.S. authorities.

The pair could face days of questioning over their role in the elaborate escape plan.

Prosecutors say the Taylors, who were private security specialists, received $1.3 million for their services.

It's expected they will face charges after an investigation is concluded.

The Taylors have been in U.S. custody since their arrest in May.

And are accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan in 2019.

The former car exec was awaiting trial on charges that he had engaged in financial wrongdoing at Nissan.

Including accusations he enriched himself through payments to car dealerships.

Ghosn denies wrongdoing.

The Taylors' lawyers had argued that they face the prospect of relentless interrogations and torture.

But the U.S. Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the extradition.

U.S. officials declined to comment, as did the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office, which is handling the case.

The Taylors are alleged to have helped Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box on a private jet.

The ousted auto industry heavyweight fled to his childhood home Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.

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Two Americans accused of helping former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday. US Special Forces veteran Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, were extradited by US authorities. The pair could face days of questioning over their role in the elaborate escape plan. Prosecutors say the Taylors, who were private security specialists, received $1.3 million for their services. It's expected they will face charges after an investigation is concluded.

The Taylors have been in US custody since their arrest in May and are accused of helping Ghosn flee Japan in 2019. The former car exec was awaiting trial on charges that he had engaged in financial wrongdoing at Nissan, including accusations he enriched himself through payments to car dealerships. Ghosn denies wrongdoing. The Taylors' lawyers had argued that they face the prospect of relentless interrogations and torture, but the US Supreme Court last month cleared the way for the extradition.

US officials declined to comment, as did the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office, which is handling the case. The Taylors are alleged to have helped Ghosn flee Japan hidden in a box on a private jet. The ousted auto industry heavyweight fled to his childhood home of Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.