According to evidence gathered by Japanese prosecutors, Ghosn spent some of his final hours in Tokyo with at least one family member — his daughter Maya, 27, who works in California.
The two had lunch together the day he fled before she delivered luggage to a hotel where she met with one of Ghosn’s alleged accomplices.
Those details were included among hundreds of pages of travel documents, witness statements and security-camera images in Japan’s formal request to the U.S. government for the extradition of the two Americans; former Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter.
The previously undisclosed documents include references to a large cast of characters — from Ghosn’s chauffeur to baffled hotel staff and airport workers — who say they were unwittingly drawn into the escape from Japan, where Ghosn faces charges of financial misconduct.
Ghosn is now free in Lebanon, while the Taylors are fighting extradition from jail cells in Boston.
The documents do not say whether Maya Ghosn had any idea what her father was planning, and none of Ghosn’s family members has been charged with helping him. A family spokeswoman, Leslie Jung- Isenwater, said the fugitive’s daughter had no role in the escape.
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Maya Ghosn, a Stanford University graduate who works for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropy organization backed by the founder of Facebook and his wife, did not respond to messages on social media.
The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office said it would not comment on an individual case, and a lawyer for the Taylors declined to comment.
Ghosn, who has said he is innocent of misconduct, spent several months in a Japanese jail after his arrest in November 2018 but was free on bail awaiting trial when he fled. The broad outlines of his escape plot have been clear for months.
U.S. prosecutors say Michael Taylor concealed Ghosn inside a large box meant for musical equipment and then sneaked him onto a private jet Dec. 29 at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.