U.S. law enforcement authorities on Wednesday arrested two American men, including a former special forces soldier, wanted by Japan for their alleged involvement in helping former Nissan Motor boss Carlos Ghosn escape that country in December.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said that Michael Taylor, 59, and his 27-year-old son Peter Taylor, were taken into custody in that state in response to a request for purposes of extradition submitted to the U.S. by Japan. Michael Taylor is a former Green Beret in the U.S. Army.
Both men appeared by videoconference in orange jail uniforms and face masks for an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon. They primarily sat silent during the less-than-20-minute hearing other than thanking the judge.
U.S. District Judge Donald L. Cabell during the hearing said Japan has not yet formally submitted a request for extradition. U.S. prosecutor Stephen Hassink said Japanese officials plan to submit that request within a…