Japan wants US to extradite Americans who helped Ghosn flee

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon. A Japanese prosecutor on Thursday, June 11, 2020 urged the U.S. to extradite two Americans accused of helping Nissans former chairman, Carlos Ghosn flee the country while he was out on bail. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn speaks at a press conference in Beirut, Lebanon. A Japanese prosecutor on Thursday, June 11, 2020 urged the U.S. to extradite two Americans accused of helping Nissans former chairman, Carlos Ghosn flee the country while he was out on bail. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

TOKYO – A Japanese prosecutor on Thursday urged the U.S. to extradite two Americans accused of helping Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, flee the country while he was out on bail.

Deputy Chief Prosecutor Takahiro Saito said Japan has issued arrest warrants for Michael and Peter Taylor for allegedly helping a criminal escape.

“A judge has decided an arrest warrant should be issued for them,” Saito said, adding, “We are negotiating with the U.S. authorities.”

Michael Taylor, a 59-year-old former Green Beret and private security specialist, and his son Peter Taylor, 27, were arrested last month in the town of Harvard, Massachusetts.

They are wanted in Japan for allegedly helping Ghosn flee to Lebanon in December, jumping bail while he was awaiting trial on financial misconduct charges.

Prosecutors say Ghosn broke the law by violating bail conditions that required him to stay in Japan, mostly at his Tokyo home.

Lebanon does not have an extradition treaty with Japan but the U.S. does.

Lawyers for the Taylors said in a legal document filed Monday that “bail jumping” is not a crime in Japan and, therefore, helping someone evade their bail conditions isn’t a crime either.