Singapore summons Romanian Ambassador to Singapore for hit-and-run accident

09:42, April 02, 2010      

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Singapore's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it has summoned the Romanian Ambassador to Singapore for a meeting here next week to discuss the charges against a Romania diplomat.

A Singapore Coroner's court on Wednesday ruled that Silviu Ionescu, 49, Romania's former Charge d'Affaires to Singapore, was the driver of the car involved in a hit-and-run accident here last December, which resulted in the death of 30-year-old Singapore permanent resident, Tong Kok Wai, and injured two others. Ionescu has left Singapore for Romania, refusing to return for the inquest.

Local English newspaper the Straits Times said that it has contacted Ionescu after the verdict, who "rubbished the outcome of the inquest and dismissed the verdict."

Singapore's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that "as Ionescu continues to maintain his innocence, the best way to resolve this is for him to return to Singapore to give his side of the story."

The ministry added that "Singapore will cooperate to the fullest extent possible under our law with the Romanian authorities to ensure that justice is served."



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