Romanian former diplomat to S’pore detained over allegation of hit and run death

May 8, 2010
Singapore Democrats

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The Associated Press

A former Romanian diplomat has been detained in Bucharest on charges that he killed a person in a hit-and-run accident while on duty in Singapore.

A Bucharest court will rule on whether Silviu Ionescu, a former attache at the Romanian Embassy in Singapore will be held for 29 days pending trial.

Authorities in Singapore have accused Ionescu of killing one person and injuring two others in December. Ionescu claimed he was not driving and that the embassy vehicle had been stolen. He returned to Romania shortly after the accident. He has been relieved of his diplomatic post.

An investigation was launched in January, and Romanian prosecutors questioned Ionescu on Friday. Singapore is seeking his extradition.

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