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World Ghosn’s Accused Escape Plotters Stumble in Third Try for Bail

05:30  10 august  2020
05:30  10 august  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Carlos Ghosn ’ s Accused Escape Plotters Tap Lobbyists Over Extradition. Read More: Ghosn ’ s Accused Accomplices Held as Japan Seeks Extradition. As the Taylors seek bail in court, their representatives in Washington have asked lawmakers to sign a letter calling on the Justice

A U. S . judge said on Friday two Massachusetts men pose too great of a risk of flight to be released on bail given "spectacular" allegations that they helped orchestrate former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn ' s escape from Tip: Try a valid symbol or a specific company name for relevant results.

(Bloomberg) -- The father and son accused of helping former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn escape house arrest in Tokyo were denied bail for a third time as they battle an extradition request from Japan.

Carlos Ghosn wearing a suit and tie: Carlos Ghosn, former chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, gestures as he speaks to the media at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. “Ripped from my family, my friends, my communities, from Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi and the 450,000 women and men who comprise those companies. It is impossible to express the depth of that deprivation and my profound appreciation to once again be able to be reunited with my family and loved ones,” Ghosn said. © Bloomberg Carlos Ghosn, former chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA, gestures as he speaks to the media at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. “Ripped from my family, my friends, my communities, from Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi and the 450,000 women and men who comprise those companies. It is impossible to express the depth of that deprivation and my profound appreciation to once again be able to be reunited with my family and loved ones,” Ghosn said.

A federal judge in Massachusetts ruled on Friday that the ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter must remain in custody outside Boston while another judge weighs whether they are eligible for extradition under the U.S. treaty with Japan.

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A U. S . judge said on Friday two Massachusetts men pose too great of a risk of flight to be released on bail given "spectacular" allegations that they helped Ghosn fled to Lebanon, his childhood home, after being charged with engaging in financial wrongdoing, including by understating his compensation

Ghosn fled to Lebanon, his childhood home, after being charged with engaging in financial wrongdoing, including by understating his compensation in A lawyer for the Taylors did not immediately respond to a request for comment. They are expected to try again to seek their release on bail during a hearing

The ruling comes despite the Taylors’ aggressive campaign for bail, with an argument that they have a strong chance of winning their extradition case and that they won’t flee the U.S. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani marked the third time those claims have been rejected since the Taylors’ arrest in May -- once by a magistrate and now twice by Talwani.

“While the Taylors may well seek to remain in the United States to fight extradition,” Talwani wrote, they “have not established sufficiently that if they find their extradition fight difficult, they will not flaunt the rules of release on bail and flee the country.”

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The Taylors have not denied that they were involved in Ghosn ’ s flight. But they argue in court filings that aiding a bail jumper is not a crime under Two men held in a US jail on charges of engineering ex-Nissan Motor Co chairman Carlos Ghosn ’ s escape from Tokyo are trying to use political influence

BOSTON (Reuters) - A U. S . judge said on Friday two Massachusetts men pose too great of a risk of flight to be released on bail given "spectacular" allegations that they helped orchestrate former Nissan Motor Co Chairman Carlos Ghosn ' s escape from Japan. U. S . Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell said

An extradition hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28. On Friday, federal prosecutors submitted a detailed brief outlining the now-familiar story of the escape: A clock-and-dagger mission in which the Taylors allegedly smuggled Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon inside a large black box while he was out on bail facing trial on charges of financial misconduct.

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Lawyers for the Taylors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Taylors have never denied helping Ghosn escape. But they have argued in court that “bail jumping” does not constitute a crime under Japan’s penal code, citing testimony by an expert on Japanese law.

Now, however, the same two judges have cast doubt on that claim. U.S. Magistrate Judge Donald Cabell said last month that the offense appeared to “fall squarely within the heartland” of the relevant statute of the Japanese penal code. And on Friday, Talwani said the Japanese Supreme Court has offered a broad interpretation of Article 103 that appears to encompass what the Taylors are accused of doing.

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Ghosn fled to Lebanon, his childhood home, after being charged with engaging in financial wrongdoing, including by understating his compensation in Nissan' s They are expected to try again to seek their release on bail during a hearing before a different judge, U. S . District Judge Indira Talwani, on June 28.

By Nate Raymond. BOSTON (Reuters) - A U. S . judge said on Friday two Massachusetts men pose too great of a risk of flight to be released on bail given "spectacular" allegations that they helped orchestrate former Nissan Motor Co <7201.T> Chairman Carlos Ghosn ' s escape from Japan.

Ultimately, Cabell will decide whether the Taylors are eligible for extradition under the U.S.-Japan treaty. The final decision to extradite rests with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Read More: Accused Ghosn Escape Plotters Tap Lobbyists Over Extradition

The Taylors have hired a team of lawyers and lobbyists to press their case in Washington. Since the spring, Michael Taylor has paid the Washington law firm K&L Gates at least $130,000 to lobby officials in the House, Senate, State Department and White House on “issues related to U.S. government discussions with Japan,” according to lobbying disclosure forms, most recently from July 18.

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