Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Warrant of Arrest for Ionescu Rejected by Interpol

Romania Keeps Singapore Updated On Steps Taken In Criminal Case Of Fmr
Envoy Ionescu – FM
Romania’s ambassador to Singapore Aurelian Neagu informed Singapore’s
Foreign Ministry of the steps taken by the Romanian authorities for a
lawful investigation of former Romanian envoy to Singapore Silviu
Ionescu blamed for a hit-and-run accident in December, Romania’s
Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Neagu reiterated Romania's commitment to uphold procedures needed to
clear out all aspects related to the case and stressed that all the
public statements made by Ionescu regarding this case were his
personal standpoint and did not represent an official stance of the
Romanian Foreign Ministry or the Romanian authorities, the ministry
said in its press release Friday.

Considering the criminal charges brought against Ionescu by the
Romanian General Prosecutor's Office, Ionescu was suspended from his
diplomatic duties within the Romanian Foreign Ministry under the
provisions of article 60 of Law 269/ 2003 regulating the Statute of
Romania's Diplomatic and Consular Corps.

Neagu also underscored that the Romanian authorities wanted to fully
abide by the law and international procedures in dealing with this

According to the press release, on January 5, 2010, the ministry
submitted a request to the General Prosecutor's Office to investigate
the accident on December 15, 2009 in which a vehicle of the Romanian
diplomatic mission in Singapore was involved. On January 6, 2010, the
Prosecutor's Office set off the criminal prosecution against Ionescu,
at the ministry's request.

On January 11, 2010, judicial authorities in Singapore were asked to
provide all available accident-related data. The request was submitted
via international police cooperation networks, namely, the Romanian
Interpol Office and the Singapore Interpol Office, respectively,
according to the press release.

On January 26, 2010, the Romanian Foreign Ministry provided
information to Interpol Singapore on whether Romanian judicial
authorities are entitled to probe, try and sentence Romanian citizens
for crimes committed abroad, the press release also read.

On January 29, 2010, Interpol Singapore offered additional information
to the Romanian General Prosecutor's Office and said more information
would be provided only in keeping with the investigations that were to
be unfolded by the Singapore Coroner's Court.

On February 2, 2010, the Romanian General Prosecutor's Office indicted
Ionescu for negligent homicide, fleeing the scene of the accident and
false statements. In consequence, Ionescu was suspended from his
diplomatic duties within the Romanian Foreign Ministry, under the
Romanian law, until the end of the investigation. Singapore'
authorities were duly informed, the press release also noted.

On February 11, 2010, Romania's Justice Minister submitted a series of
requests to Singapore's Justice Minister, via an international
rogation commission, calling for full observance of procedural
provisions under Romanian laws.

Romania's Embassy Chargé d'Affaires attended the Coroner's Inquiry
proceedings unfolded between March 3 and March 10, 2010. Various
documents were handed to him informally to better understand the legal
proceedings. No reference was ever made that the said documents were
meant to be an official response to the above -mentioned requests of
the Romanian Justice Minister, therefore, they could not be considered
as such under the international procedures, the press release also

On March 16, 2010, Singapore's Justice Ministry issued a preliminary
answer assuring the Romanian General Prosecutor's Office that
Singapore's authorities are ready to work closely with the Romanian
General Prosecutor's Office throughout the criminal investigations,
while observing Singapore's laws.

Singapore's Police sent to Interpol Romania an international arrest
warrant against Ionescu who is held responsible for a fatal hit-and-
run accident in Bukit Panjang, people close to the matter said

Prosecutor Marius Iacob, chief of Romanian General Prosecutors' Office
criminal department, told MEDIAFAX Thursday that Interpol Romania
received the international arrest warrant against Ionescu from
Singapore's police.

Romania's Foreign Ministry said both Romania and Singapore joined the
Vienna Convention regarding diplomatic relations, therefore,
investigations into Ionescu's case must be carried out by Romanian

According to the Vienna Convention regarding diplomatic relations, a
diplomat enjoys immunity from the criminal jurisdiction of the
receiving state, which does not exempt the respective diplomat from
the jurisdiction of the sending state.
From: Cherry
Subject: Singapore application to Interpol hits brick wall.

Perhaps Singapore could be a bit more respectful of international
legal protocol, especially since Romania has thus far seemed quite
cooperative for their part (already indicting Dr Ionescu on 2nd Feb
for 'negligent homicide, fleeing the scene of the accident and false
statements'; '... suspended from his diplomatic duties'). Think
complying w International norms would achieve a better prosecution
outcome, not to mention, improve the image of Singapore amongst the
international community, rather then a 'high-handed' approach.
Also, given Romania's obvious preference to abide by the mutually
ratified Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (esp Article 31),
perhaps Singapore should cooperate closely with Romania in persecuting
Dr Ionescu along such mutual lines- as the practice of such 'one-
upmanship'- bypassing the Romanian government in disciplining its
diplomat against international diplomatic norms- would be viewed
negatively by the Romanian people, not to mention international
community; God forbid it be view as 'brinkmanship' and ultimately

From: yansimon52
Subject: Re: Singapore application to Interpol hits brick wall.
Our MIWs thot they could summon this romanian bastard to our 'Night
Court 14'.....LOL...LOL....if this bastard didn't turn up...issue
'warrant of arrest' to simple!!! what we sgian have
been facing all these while....on minor offence....kena 'warrant of
arrest' like late payment for TV Licence or late submission on
Co's account/Income tax...hitting hard on biz ppl.
I think our govt don't bother to help very small SMEs to tide over
their financial problem...our govt only entertain the big boys.
In Sg they usually say......why bother to open up new biz? trying
to provide jobs.....better to be bookies or a gambler at the 2
IRs ...where those ACRA/IRAS/Night Court don't bother long as
you are 'chuun' with your bets......LOL...LOL..
They oso say can afford to die but you cannot afford to
get sick.......

From: "AleXX"
Subject: Singapore Chen-Hoo-Kon-Lan-chiow-weh

"As Dr Ionescu is no longer serving as the Charge d'Affaires of the Romanian
Embassy in Singapore, his immunity for acts performed outside of his
function as a diplomat would have lapsed."

Why don't the lan-chiow Papist government (kar-kar-lai) mention that he was
not a diplomate when the diplomatic car driven by him fucked into those
pedestrains and claimed an innocent life? Might as well say that a person
who stole something is actually a thief during the time of stealing and
should be innocent immediately after that.
That would do.....

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