Supreme Court Clears The Way For Green Beret’s Extradition

( An American father and son may soon be facing extradition to Japan after the Supreme Court refused to put a stop it.

On Saturday, Stephen Breyer, a Supreme Court justice, denied an application by Peter and Michael Taylor to put their extradition on hold while they pursue appeals in the case. Officials in the U.S. right now have plans to turn the father-and-son duo over to Japanese officials.

Michael, who is a veteran of the U.S Army Special Forces, has been accused along with his son Peter of helping the former boss of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, from fleeing Japan.

Last year, they allegedly hid Ghosn in a box on a flight on a private jet. That flight left Japan for Turkey. It then went to Lebanon, a country that Ghosn has citizenship in. More importantly, that country doesn’t have an extradition treaty in place with Japan — meaning Ghosn could stay there without the threat of being returned to Japan.

At the time, Ghosn had been free on bail in Japan while he was awaiting a trial on charges of financial misconduct. He has denied those allegations. Ghosn has said that he fled Japan because he was not expecting to receive a fair trial, and was also being subject to unfair conditions while in detention, including being barred from seeing his wife while he was out on bail.

Now, Japan wants the Taylors to be returned to their country so they can put them on trial for charges relating to helping Ghosn flee the country.

Legal representation for the Taylors said the father and son can’t be extradited legally because they could expect to be treated unfairly by Japan. In a brief they filed with the Supreme Court last week, the lawyers argued that the criminal justice system in Japan could treat the two harshly.

Their legal representation wrote in the brief:

“The issues raised by petitioners merit full and careful consideration, and the stakes are enormous for them. The very least the U.S. courts owe the petitioners is a full chance to litigate these issues, including exercising their appellate rights, before they are consigned to the fate that awaits them at the hands of the Japanese government.”

U.S. officials said they wouldn’t extradite the Taylors to Japan while their case was still pending before the Supreme Court. Now, though, anything is possible once Breyer denied their appeal.

Stephen Hassink, an assistant U.S. attorney, said the Taylors’ “eleventh-hour bid to thwart their extradition” as being “meritless.” He asked Breyer to allow the extradition. In court documents, he wrote:

“Here, the United States has a strong interest in having extradition requests submitted by Japan (and other treaty partners) resolved promptly.”

Michael Taylor is a specialist in private security. He’s been hired by some parents to rescue their abducted children. He’s also served undercover for the FBI for a drug sting in Massachusetts. He’s also worked as a U.S. military contractor in both Afghanistan and Iraq