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Two Massachusetts men were arrested in a plot to smuggle former Nissan Ghosn chiefs from Japan



Carlos Ghosn: I did not escape justice, I fled injustice
Michael Taylor, a former special forces soldier, and his son, Peter Taylor, were charged in Japan for allowing Ghosn to escape, and an arrest warrant was issued for them and a third person in January. The pair are scheduled in Boston federal court for an early appearance Wednesday night.

Details of brash extraction, including the use of two “big black boxes,” were arranged with a cinematic sweep in a complaint that was not sealed on Wednesday after Taylors’ arrest. The status of the third person accused of aiding escape, George-Antoine Zayek, is unclear.

Peter Taylor has met with Ghosn, who is in a state of strict security when facing financial crime in Japan, at least seven times in the months leading up to escape, according to documents.

At the end of December, Peter Taylor flew to Tokyo and met Ghosn at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Meanwhile, Michael Taylor and Zayek flew to Osaka in a private jet from Dubai. The couple brought “two large black boxes.”

“The black box seems to be for audio equipment, and Michael Taylor and Zayek told Kansai airport workers that they are musicians,” the complaint said.

Then, on the afternoon of December 29, the four men met at the Tokyo hotel. From there, Peter Taylor went to Narita Airport and boarded a flight to China. The other three, including Ghosn, took the train to Osaka, where they regrouped at a hotel.

At 8:14 pm, Ghosn, Michael Taylor, and Zayek arrived at the hotel and entered Room 4609. At 9:57 pm, Taylor and Zayez came out of the room with luggage, including two large boxes, and headed for the airport.

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“There is no picture of Ghosn leaving Room 4609. Instead, Ghosn is hiding in one of the two large black boxes carried by Michael Taylor and Zayek,” the complaint said.

Baggage passes security checks at the airport without being filtered and loaded with private jets leaving for Turkey. Two days later, on December 31, Ghosn publicly announced that he had fled to his home country, Lebanon.

According to the detention memo, law enforcement moved to arrest Taylors after learning that Peter Taylor had booked a plane ticket to Lebanon scheduled to depart on May 20.

Court documents that revealed the arrest were first highlighted on Twitter by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the extremism program at George Washington University.

Michael Taylor has participated in bold extractions before. The New York Times hired Taylor after their reporter, David Rohde, was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008, the newspaper said. In 1999, Taylor was hired by a North Carolina family to return their daughter who had been trapped in Syria with her three children after running away from a cruel husband, according to court documents.

A security company expelled by Taylor from Boston, American International Security Corporation, claimed to have carried out “vulnerability assessments” for dozens of major international airports, according to the archived version of its website.

This story has been updated with additional information about the Taylors family.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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