Japan said on Thursday that it was working to ensure the rapid extradition of two men arrested in the United States for allowing the former Nissan Motor Co chief Carlos Ghosn's dramatic escape.
The US authorities arrested a former US Special Forces soldier and another man on Wednesday for charges of Ghosn's flight in late December, while awaiting trial for allegations of financial misconduct.
"We are preparing, including working together on a swift extradition," Yoshihide Suga, head of cabinet, told reporters, confirming the arrests.
Japanese lawyer Junichiro Hironaka, who had defended Carlos Ghosn until his escape, said in a phone interview that the key question was whether there was enough evidence to extradite him and that he would monitor developments closely.
Former US Green Beret Michael Taylor (59) and son Peter Taylor (27) were arrested after US law enforcement officials learned that he had booked a flight from Boston to Beirut, which left London on Wednesday.
Nissan noted the extradition process and reserved the right to take further legal action against Carlos Ghosn, the company said in a statement sent by email.
That year, she filed a civil lawsuit in Japan asking her former boss to pay 10 billion yen ($ 93 million) in damages for alleged misconduct.
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