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Special Singapore envoy to look into Ionescu case in Romania

Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Yeo, and his Romanian counterpart, Teodor Baconschi, exchanged letters on the case of Silviu Ionescu, Romania’s former charge d’affaires to Singapore, accused of having caused a car accident, resulting in the death of a man. According to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by Mediafax, Yeo informed Baconschi on the appointment of a Singapore ambassador to Brussels as special envoy to Romania and the visit the latter will undertake to Romania. Baconschi said he would fully support the ambassador in completing his mission, while assuring Yeo of the Romanian authorities’ strong commitment to observing legal procedures in this case and underlined their resolve to see the law applied. “We offer all cooperation to Romanian authorities in this case to ensure justice is made,” the Singapore foreign minister answered, in turn.


Singapore investigators charge Ionescu with having caused two car accidents, resulting in the death of a person, and the injuring of two others, on December 15, 2009, while driving a car belonging to the Romanian Embassy. Ionescu was recently arrested in Romania, after prosecutors of the High Court charged him with accidental killing, leaving the site of the accident and false testimony, accusing him as well of having used his diplomatic immunity to leave Singapore and of trying to influence the investigation.

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