Zeenat Moorad Associate editor: Financial Mail

Carlos Ghosn (pronounced "gh-own"), the ousted Nissan chair, will remain in a Japanese prison after a Tokyo court rejected his request for bail on Tuesday. The legal drama has transfixed the global auto industry and put Japan’s justice system on trial. The country has long come under international criticism for effectively relying on long periods of pre-trial detention, under spartan conditions, to extract confessions from defendants. Guilty or not, a confession would give Ghosn a better chance of bail. It’s hard to believe that in a mature liberal democracy the rights of the accused are sacrificed so that prosecutors whose cases are less than watertight can lock up suspects until they confess. To remind you: Ghosn is the guy credited with having saved Nissan from collapse. He also earned the nickname "Le Cost Killer" after reviving French carmaker Renault. Most notably, he is the chief architect behind the Renault-Nissan- Mitsubishi alliance, the second-largest car group in the wor...

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