A Tokyo court on Monday sentenced two Americans, a former Green Beret and his son, to prison for helping the former chairman of Nissan Carlos Ghosn pull off his dramatic 2019 escape from Japan.
Michael Taylor, 60, and his 28-year-old son Peter Taylor, who had faced up to three years in prison, were sentenced to two years and one-and-a-half years, respectively.
The court said the two Americans would get credit for 90 days already served in Japan.
The duo pleaded guilty last month to charges that they smuggled Ghosn out of Japan by posing as musicians and hiding him in an equipment case in December 2019.
“This case enabled Ghosn, a defendant of serious crime, to escape overseas,” Hideo Nirei, the chief judge, said while explaining the judgement. “One year and a half has passed, but there is no prospect of the trial being held. The consequences of this case are very large.”
Former US special forces member