The US Supreme Court rejects an offer to freeze the extradition of two men accused of helping ex-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn escape Japan.
The United States Supreme Court cleared the way for the extradition of two US men accused of helping former chairman of Nissan Motor Company Ltd Carlos Ghosn leave Japan on charges of financial misconduct has been.
The US Supreme Court on Saturday denied an urgency motion by lawyers for Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor to freeze a lower court order that paved the way for their extradition to Japan.
The Taylor’s lawyers filed the motion Thursday, arguing that they could not be prosecuted in Japan for helping someone bail jump and that if extradited they could face harsh interrogation and treatment.
“The issues raised by the petitioners deserve full and careful consideration, and the commitment to them is tremendous,” their lawyers wrote, adding that the Taylors should have the right to appeal “before they are turned to fate that she expects the Japanese government ”.
In a brief decision, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer dismissed the urgency motion.
The US authorities said they would not hand the men over to Japan while their offer to stay before Breyer was pending, a lawyer for the Taylors told The Associated Press.
Ghosn was arrested in November 2018 and spent 130 days in prison before completing a daring escape that humiliated Japanese judicial officials and raised questions about who was involved.
The Taylors are accused of helping Ghosn escape the country in 2019, hidden in a box on a private jet.
Ghosn was out on bail at the time of the escape, pending trial on allegations that he had underreported his income and committed a breach of trust by diverting Nissan money for his personal gain.
The ex-Nissan boss, who has denied any wrongdoing, said he fled because he could not expect a fair trial, faced unfair detention conditions and forbade meeting his wife on bail.
In November 2020, a panel of United Nations human rights experts said Ghosn had been wrongly detained in Japan and called on the government to grant him “compensation” and “other reparations”.