- the u.s. government has arrested a former u.s. green beret soldier and his son; they were wanted by the japanese government for aiding in carlos ghosn's escape from japan to lebanon while he was out on bail.
- ghosn escaped hiding in a black box aboard a private jet in an audacious stunt that captured the world's attention late last year.
- ghosn was arrested in japan for alleged financial misconduct during his leadership at renault and nissan.
it's the latest in a story where the conclusion seems just within reach, but you blink, and that conclusion has disappeared. the u.s. has now arrested two men wanted by the japanese government for the assistance they provided to carlos ghosn in his escape from japan to lebanon late last year.
ghosn, the former chief executive of renault and nissan, fled from japan while out on bail as he awaited trial on charges of alleged financial misconduct during his leadership of the international automotive group. ghosn reportedly made the daring escape in a black box that was loaded onto a private jet and then transported to lebanon where he would be safe from extradition.
"i am now in lebanon and will no longer be held hostage by a rigged japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied," ghosn said in a statement after the escape. "i have not fled justice—i have escaped injustice and political persecution."
federal prosecutors in massachusetts arrested former u.s. green beret michael taylor and his son, peter taylor, for whom japan issued arrest warrants back in january, along with a third individual, george-antoine zayek. earlier this month, according to reuters, a lawyer said turkish prosecutors had prepared an indictment charging seven people for aiding ghosn's escape from japan through istanbul.