US District Judge Indira Talwani has halted the transfer of Michael and Peter Taylor to Japan, where they face criminal charges in connection with the escape of former Nissan chairman, Carlos Ghosn, from Japanese police custody in December 2019.
The US State Department approved the extradition request for the two men on Tuesday 27 October 2020, and their legal teams were informed that they would be surrendered to Japan on a flight departing the US on Thursday 29 October. Lawyers for the Taylors filed an emergency petition challenging the State Department’s decision to allow extradition “before [they] had a chance to raise and develop significant legal claims”. The petition challenges the lawfulness of the Taylors’ detention and the constitutionality of their surrender to Japan.
The pair’s extradition is now on hold to allow the court time to review the full petition.