Monday, June 14, 2021

Hostage justice in Tokyo

The two Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn escape from Japan's weird criminal justice system have now pleaded guilty to the charge, after themselves being held for three months of interrogation without benefit of their attorneys. (Mr Ghosn calls this "hostage justice," and that sounds about right to me.) The two men, former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor were extradited to Japan after being jailed for nearly a year in Massachusetts. Why any American judge would play along with this is beyond my comprehension, but I suppose it has something to do with our perceived national interest.

I hope that the fix is in, and that the Taylors have been assured that they'll be found guilty and given a suspended sentence, as the Turks did with the pilots who flew the plane that whisked Mr Ghosn from Tokyo to Istanbul: they were sentenced to four years, two months in prison -- suspended.


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