Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state owned and controlled newspaper the Straits Times online edition of Mar 11, 2010 has the story, "Ionescu's conduct flawed" the latest in a long series of daily juicy instalments about Dr. Silviu Ionescu's reports from the presently ongoing Singaporean Coroner's inquiry accusing him of absconding from a fatal hit and run accident.
Really the question is not whether the man is guilty or not, but how his guilt is being proven, Singapore style and the very bad taste it leaves in the mouth.
What is also shown is the rather lowly way Singapore government, this so called Lee Kuan Yew's first world one, behaves in this whole long drawn saga, as if they don't care anymore for acceptable behaviour among nation states, and similarly that of Romania as if they don't care much for the friendship of this tiny island republic either.
You should never forget that Silviu Ionescu was a Class A diplomat representing Romania in Singapore. And it is customary among nation states to accord each other that modicum of respect due, expected in diplomatic behaviour.
One would have thought therefore, that even if Ionescu turned out to be a serial killer, still certain norms of behaviour would be expected.
Even if this is about a man, it is also connected to relations between nation states, in this case the government of Romania.
And in such matters, a state is more restrained than if they were dealing with Ionescu, private citizen.
One would have expected them to request Romania to lift immunity and if this was not possible, they would have lodged the most formal of protests normal in accepted diplomatic relations.
But one would not expect any government, as in Singapore's case, to use their state controlled press to report the details of an ongoing Coroners inquiry in circumstances where it is almost as if they are trying Ionescu for what he is accused to have done in his absence and playing it out for the pleasure of the Singapore public.
In fact, if one has followed this shameful spectacle so far, Ionescu has already been tried and summarily been found guilty. Had he been in Singapore, they would have locked him up and thrown away the key.
And lest you forget, the man was the highest ranking officer of the government of Romania, and these proceedings is not even a trial, it is just a Coroners inquiry!
As for the Romanian government, they too appear determined to smack their thumb at the Singapore government. They don't seem to care the least if relations between them and Singapore deteriorate and business and trade collapses. It would have been easy for them to hand over Ionescu to Singapore, but they appear to have simply said no, to this tiny island city state.
Ionescu it appears is probably guilty of this accident, but disgracing him, his office as a diplomat and disgracing the government of Romania is not going to bring any happiness to anyone, least of all the relatives of the dead man.
I have never seen any other government worth its salt and reputation behave in such a gangster- like manner that they do now.
It is as if they are taking great pleasure by making sure that every Singaporean considers Ionescu, a Romanian diplomat the monster and they do it in daily instalments through their state controlled newspapers.
I am sure the government of Romania is disappointed with Silviu Ionescu but I sure they think even less of the government of Singapore, one that is prepared to stoop so low.
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