Ex-Green Beret Gets 2-Year Term for Helping Ghosn's Escape

Society

Tokyo, July 19 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court on Monday sentenced former U.S. Green Beret Michael Taylor, 60, to two years in prison for assisting Carlos Ghosn's flee from Japan while the former Nissan Motor Co. <7201> chairman was on bail awaiting trial for alleged financial misconduct.

The Tokyo court also sentenced Taylor's son, Peter, 28, to one year and eight months in prison.

Prosecutors had sought a prison term of two years and 10 months for the father and two years and six months for the son.

The defense side had asked for suspended sentences, claiming that the escape was planned by Ghosn and that the Taylors were just used by the former chairman.

But Presiding Judge Hideo Nirei said the two Americans deserve imprisonment because they proactively got involved in the crime "for money" worth 860,000 dollars and "accomplished the unprecedented escape overseas efficiently with their professional skills" after thorough planning.

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