Ladies and Gentlemen,
A few days ago, Singapore's state run newspapers reported on a Romanian diplomat stationed in Singapore, Dr. Silviu Ionescu, being suspected of a hit and run traffic accident there in the early morning hours of December 15, 2009 when 3 people were seriously injured with one of them dying as a result.
Dr. Silviu Ionescu is lucky, if in fact he is liable for the accident, for having done it in Singapore and not in Australia, New Zealand or some other country internationally known for it's respect for the rule of law.
Let me explain. Dr. Ionescu has no obligation to submit himself to Singapore justice, since he is a accredited diplomat. The doctrine of diplomatic immunity protects diplomats for their actions in third countries as in this case.
However, even so, many countries have in such cases voluntarily lifted their immunity and handed the culprit to the foreign government. Therefore in this case, if the Romanian government so decides, they can voluntarily hand over Dr. Ionescu to the Singapore police.
But if I were the Romanian government, I would have a very valid excuse not to hand over Dr. Ionescu. And that valid excuse is Singapore's appalling track record of abusing the law to achieve their political ends such as the repeated legal harassment of JB Jeyaretnam and Dr. Chee Soon Juan and myself.
The Romanian government can mount a strong defense based on the argument that these proven law abuses against opposition politicians is clear and incontrovertible evidence that Singapore courts are at the beck and call of Lee Kuan Yew, that they are not independent, that there is no respect for the rule of law in Singapore, that if these corrupt judges can so shamelessly abuse the law in political cases, there is nothing to prevent them from denying Dr. Ionescu a fair trial.
Simply put, Singapore's track record on the rule of law is so bad, that it is inconceivable that Dr. Ionescui will ever get a fair trial in Singapore.
Therefore the Romanian government will be able to successfully argue that it cannot possibly hand over Dr. Ionescu to a government such as this. A government and a legal system that has lost all respect.
And if the Romanian government is reading this blog of mine, I will be more than happy to provide evidence for your case to show the mala fides of this Singapore government and it's legal system under strongman Lee Kuan Yew.
Of course my sympathies go out to the families of the dead and the injured but I am merely pointing out an argument that can validly be raised by the Romanian government and the proof that this is a totalitarian regime devoid of the rule of law.
And I can bet you anytime that the Romanian government will not be handing over Dr. Ionescu. And the reason for it is none other than the fact that they are dealing with an island called Singapore run by a tin pot tyrant called Lee Kuan Yew who happens to control everything in that island, including the courts. And we have all seen him abusing it more than once. In other words it is not a country run on laws.
And one of it's judges happens to be the corrupt Belinda Ang Saw Ean.
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