Carlos Ghosn, the former head of Nissan who dramatically escaped house arrest in Japan in December, paid his extraction team half a million dollars in crypto coins.
According to U.S. prosecutors in a court filing, Ghosn’s son arranged a payment to Peter Taylor, one of the two men who helped the former Nissan president flee Japan, for USD 500,000 at Bitcoin (BTC) through the U.S.-based crypto currency exchange, Coinbase. Taylor and his father, former Green Beret (U.S. Army Special Forces) Michael Taylor, smuggled Ghosn out of Japan in a musical instrument case and helped him move from Kansai International Airport in Osaka.
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Ghosn allegedly paid the Tajlors USD 1.36 million in total for services related to their escape from Japan and their relocation to Lebanon, where he holds citizenship. Payments at BTC were made in installments from January to May, following Ghosn’s dramatic escape on December 29. Japanese investigators said Ghosn himself transferred USD 860,000 to a company run by Peter Taylor as an initial part of the payment.
The Taylors have been in U.S. custody since their arrest in May at the request of the Japanese government. Ghosn is currently at large in Lebanon, which has no extradition agreement with Japan.
Ghosn was arrested and charged four times in the Asian nation between 2018 and 2019 on charges related to financial crimes at Nissan, resulting in periods of arrest, solitary confinement, interrogation without a lawyer present and eventually house arrest. His lawyer and others in the country called the treatment „hostage justice,“ accusing Japanese authorities of forcing confessions through prolonged detention.
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The former head of Nissan had been under house arrest in Tokyo since April, when the Taylors arrived in disguise to attend a violin concert. Ghosn was free to visit the nearby Grand Hyatt hotel, where he met the Taylors. He was then able to take public transportation from Tokyo to Osaka, where the largest musical instrument box (with Ghosn inside) was loaded onto a private plane bound for Istanbul before taking a second plane to Beirut.
Similarities with the case of Mt.
Ghosn’s case shares similarities with that of Mark Karpeles, the former CEO of the late Mt Gox cryptomoney exchange.
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Both men were subject to Japanese law for alleged financial crimes. Like Ghosn, Karpeles was familiar with the country’s justice system, having spent 11 months in detention himself, since his arrest in August 2015. Before Ghosn’s escape, the two even spoke in person, a conversation that may have influenced his decision to flee Japan.
However, Karpeles chose to confront the Crypto Wealth system. He was eventually acquitted of the main charges related to Mt. Gox, but accused of embezzling electronic funds. His last appeal on the final charge was denied in June.