Former Romanian Charge d’Affaires in Singapore dies in prison


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Ex-Romanian Charge d’Affaires in Singapore Silviu Ionescu, who was serving a six-year sentence for killing one person and injuring two others, died on Tuesday at the Rahova Penitentiary’s hospital, judicial sources told Mediafax.

The quoted sources said the former diplomat died of respiratory heart block, yet without specifying what disease caused it.

Silviu Ionescu was sentenced to six years in prison on February 13 this year for causing two traffic accidents on December 2009 in Singapore that led to one death and two injured. Previously Ionescu had been sentenced only to 3 years in prison, but 2014 final ruling increased his punishment.

According to the prosecution, Silviu Ionescu, Romania’s Charge d’Affaires a.i. in Singapore injured two young persons on the cross-walk while driving an Audi A6 car belonging to the Romanian Embassy and ignoring the green color of traffic lights. Ionescu fled from the accident scene and kept on driving the car up to the next traffic lights crossroad where, again breaking traffic regulations, caused a second car accident injuring a 18-year-old person. Romanian ex-diplomat did not stop this time either, leaving the accident scene and abandoning the car in an industrial area in Singapore.

Ultimately, one of the three victims died in hospital, the other two just suffering injuries. Singapore High Court paid one of the surviving victims USD 360,000 compensations.

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