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Romanian ambassador says full legal action will be taken against Ionescu if needed
SINGAPORE: Romania's Ambassador to Singapore has given the assurance that Romania will "take full legal action" against Dr Silviu Ionescu if investigations showed he was acting in a private capacity.
Singapore's Foreign Affairs Ministry (MFA) has sought further clarification from Mr Aurelian Neagu on the diplomatic immunity status of former Romanian charge d' affaires Dr Ionescu, who was involved in a hit-and-run incident on December 15 last year.
MFA presented the ambassador a Third Party Note at their meeting on Thursday.
This, after a Third Party Note from the Romanian government last Friday seemed to suggest that Dr Ionescu's diplomatic immunity continued at the point of the accident.
Romanian Ambassador Neagu, who is based in Tokyo, was summoned to the city-state on Thursday to explain the immunity status of Dr Ionescu.
He was asked three times by Singapore if he or the Romanian government would consider attending the birthday party of a hostess in a karaoke lounge as being part of official diplomatic functions.
The ambassador failed to answer the question.
However, he said investigations are still ongoing in Romania and it is not possible to determine if Dr Ionescu's immunity had ceased.
However, he assured Singapore that his country would take full legal action if investigations showed Dr Ionescu was acting in a private capacity
Singapore told Mr Neagu it could not understand how Romania can come to any conclusion without officials visiting Singapore to review the evidence.
Singapore also reminded the ambassador that three weeks had passed since their last meeting on April 9, during which Mr Neagu assured that the Romanian prosecutor was ready to visit Singapore "at any time".
Mr Neagu was also told that any delay will only fuel speculation about Romania's seriousness and intentions.
Mr Neagu explained the delay in the team's visit was due to bureaucratic procedures in Romania.
Meanwhile, Singapore said that to safeguard its interests, it has appointed its ambassador in Brussels, Anil Kumar Nayar, as Singapore's Special Envoy to establish communications directly with the Romanian government.
Furthermore, Singapore has engaged a legal counsel in Romania.
The Foreign Ministry also said if justice was not served, there would be consequences for bilateral relations.