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March 3, 2021
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Former diplomat Silviu Ionescu, sentenced to three years in prison

Silviu Ionescu, a former charge d’affaires at Romania’s Embassy to Singapore, was handed down a three year prison sentence by the District 3 Court yesterday over a Singapore hit-and-run accident he allegedly committed in 2009, which left one person dead and another injured, Mediafax reports. The court ruling is challengeable on appeal in the Bucharest Tribunal. Prosecutors called on the court to sentence Silviu Ionescu to prison, as his trial statements contain multiple conflicting information. The case prosecutor also asked the court to suspend some civil rights of the person sentenced, and maintain the distraint order on his apartment. Prosecutors say the entire body of evidence shows Ionescu was driving the car that caused the accident, he is the direct author of the accident and he made a false police report while not yet under investigation, in the hope of directing Singapore judicial authorities’ attention to a supposedly different perpetrator. Silviu Ionescu’s lawyers told the court prosecutors charge their client only on basis of indirect evidence, that the moment of the accident and those following it were not caught on public surveillance cameras on the street the accident happened and were only supposed to be operating at the time.

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