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January 18, 2022

Singapore mission driver heard in diplomat Silviu Ionescu case

The driver of the Romanian Embassy to Singapore was heard in the trial of former diplomat Silviu Ionescu, who is charged with manslaughter and bodily harm and leaving the scene of the accident. The driver was heard via videoconference by the Bucharest court trying Ionescu over the accident he allegedly caused in December 2009 in Singapore, in which one person was killed. The diplomat’s driver, Marius Trusca, told the court that the diplomat started acting differently after the December accident, that he seemed concerned and that he purchased a plane ticket to Romania himself, although under embassy regulations, such tickets had to be purchased in advance so as to avoid paying too much for them. Another person injured in the accident, Bong Hwee Haw, was also heard by the court. Haw told the judge that he could not remember many details about the accident, such as what the car or driver looked like.

Ionescu, former charge d’affaires in Singapore, was indicted July 1 last year. He was released from custody on November 25 after the Bucharest City Court decided that he was not a threat to the investigation.

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