Tokyo prosecutors have indicted two US citizens for helping former Nissan Motor chairman Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan to Lebanon.
Michael Taylor, a former Green Beret, and his adult son Peter Taylor were indicted on Monday. They were extradited to Japan in early March.
Prosecutors say the two men hid Ghosn in a large container and smuggled him out of the country on a private jet in December 2019. Ghosn had been awaiting trial on charges of financial misconduct. He was out on bail at the time.
Sources say the Taylors, who were detained in the US state of Massachusetts last May, admitted their charges and told investigators that Ghosn's wife Carole asked them to help him escape.
Investigative materials submitted to a US court show that Peter Taylor met one of Ghosn's daughters and received baggage at a hotel in Tokyo on the day of the escape.
The materials also show that he received cryptocurrency worth nearly 500,000 dollars from Ghosn's son after his father fled.
The two men's trial could shed light on how the escape was plotted, including possible involvement of Ghosn's family.