U.S. Supreme Court docket clears method for Ghosn’s accused escape plotters extradition By Reuters
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By Nate Raymond and David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court on Saturday gave the go-ahead for the extradition to Japan of an American father and son who is accused of being on the run for former Nissan (OTC 🙂 Motor Co Ltd chairman Carlos Ghosn having helped out of this country while awaiting legal proceedings for financial misconduct charges.
In a brief injunction, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer denied an urgency motion by attorneys to U.S. Special Forces veterans Michael Taylor and his son, Peter Taylor, to put a lower court order on hold that the way paved for their delivery.
The Taylor’s attorneys reiterated in a file filed late Thursday that their clients could not be prosecuted in Japan for helping someone bail jump and that if extradited they would face relentless interrogation and torture .
The Taylor’s lawyers did not speak out immediately on Saturday. The Japanese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
A federal appeals court in Boston on Thursday declined to issue an order preventing the extradition of the Taylors while they were appealing lower court rulings. The US State Department approved her extradition in October.
“The least the US courts owe petitioners is a full chance to sue these issues, including exercising their rights of appeal, before they are delivered to the fate awaiting them from the Japanese government,” wrote defense lawyers.
The Taylors were arrested in May at the request of Japan after they were accused of helping Ghosn escape Japan on December 29, 2019. They were hidden in a box and on a private jet before reaching his parents’ home in Lebanon, which has no extradition treaty with Japan.
Ghosn was awaiting trial on allegations of financial misconduct, including underestimating his compensation in Nissan’s financial statements. Ghosn denies wrongdoing.
Prosecutors said the elder Taylor, a 60-year-old private security specialist, and 27-year-old Peter Taylor received $ 1.3 million for their services.
Detained without bail since their arrest, the Taylors waged a month-long campaign to crack down on extradition in courts, media, the State Department and the White House with the help of a collection of senior lawyers and lobbyists.
Her defense team included two attorneys with ties to former President Donald Trump: Abbe Lowell, who represented Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Ty Cobb, a former Trump White House attorney.
Ghosn said he helped everyone who helped him. In a lawsuit, he tried to support the Taylors’ arguments against extradition. He himself has been detained, mentally tortured and intimidated for longer periods in Japan, and the Taylors are “similar or worse”.
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