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Japan to try Americans who helped Ghosn escape: 5 things to know

Country's contentious 'hostage justice' system in global spotlight again

Carlos Ghosn, former chief executive of Nissan and Renault, gestures during a news conference at Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Jounieh, Lebanon, in September 2020.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Japanese justice system, which former Nissan Motor Chairman Carlos Ghosn called "rigged," came into the spotlight again last week when an American father and son were extradited to Japan for aiding in Ghosn's dramatic escape in 2019.

Michael Taylor and his son Peter were handed over to Japanese custody on March 1 despite their protests that they would suffer from "mental and physical torture" at the hands of the authorities. In November last year, a United Nations group raised concerns over Japan's detention policies regarding Ghosn and the country violating his right to a fair trial.

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