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Singapore police suspends arrest warrant for former Romanian diplomat

Singapore has suspended the arrest warrant for Romania’s former envoy Silviu Ionescu over disagreement on the interpretation of the Vienna Convention article regarding diplomatic immunity.

The information was given by Singapore’s Foreign Minister, George Yeo, quoted by the Straits Times.

"This is puzzling", the paper quoted Yeo as saying, as "it seems to imply that Romania is now claiming that Ionescu was engaged in official duties at the time of the accident and we do not understand how this can possibly be the case".

Ionescu said in a press release Sunday he filed at the Bucharest Court of Appeals a criminal suit against Singapore, calling for the annulment of the arrest warrant issued in his name over a hit-and-run accident that resulted in one fatality, arguing he has diplomatic immunity.

"The official response of the Romanian Justice Ministry to Singapore authorities was clear in that the arrest warrant cannot be applied because, under the Vienna Convention, I have diplomatic immunity and Romania and Singapore don't have a an extradition treaty," Ionescu said in the release, adding Singapore authorities are trying to pressure the Romanian justice system and himself.

Ionescu is wanted to stand trial in Singapore after a coroner's inquiry showed he was driving an embassy car mid-December last year and hit three pedestrians, one of whom died.

Ionescu initially reported the embassy car stolen and continues to deny any wrongdoing. He also fled to Romania days after the accident.

Former charges d'affaires, Silviu Ionescu, was officially placed under criminal investigation by the Romanian General Prosecutors Office for manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident and false statements.

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