TOKYO—Japanese prosecutors charged an American father-son team with assisting Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA chairman, in his escape from Japan aboard a private jet.

Michael Taylor, a 60-year-old former Green Beret and longtime security operative, and his son Peter Taylor, 28, were accused of harboring a criminal. If convicted they face a maximum sentence of three years. At the time of his escape, Mr. Ghosn was facing charges for alleged financial crimes, which he denies.

A Japanese lawyer for the Taylors declined to comment on how they respond to the charges. They arrived in Japan on March 2 after an unsuccessful bid to avoid extradition from the U.S.

The indictment of the Taylors marks the latest front in the sprawling legal battle against Mr. Ghosn. The trial of Greg Kelly, a former Nissan executive indicted alongside Mr. Ghosn, has been going on since last September. In February, two pilots and a manager of the company that chartered the jet used in the escape were convicted of smuggling Mr. Ghosn into Turkey.

Tokyo prosecutors also have issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Ghosn’s wife, Carole Ghosn, alleging she lied when answering questions about her husband’s case in Tokyo. They are seeking her extradition, said Hiroshi Yamamoto, the deputy chief prosecutor.


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