Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper the Straits Times has the story "Bucharest detains Ionescu". But even so, Ionescu wins against Singapore hands down.
Lets look back. Singapore government claims he was guilty of a hit and run accident, resulting in one death and 2 seriously injured. He on the other hand claims it was all a case of mistaken identity and he was never there. He claims Singapore had cooked up these charges because he had written to his government of Singapore's human rights abuses.
After he leaves, Singapore hands a series of diplomatic notes to the Romanian ambassador stationed in Tokyo, summons him to Singapore several times and threatens him with retaliation if Romania does not send Ionescu back to Singapore to stand trial.
Almost daily Singapore through their state controlled press humiliate Ionescu and the sovereign government of Romania by implying that Ionescu is a womaniser, a liar and every other insult you can imagine. Naturally any government, and not just Romania, would feel insulted by tiny Singapore violating all rules of diplomatic niceties by this arrogance.
Today we read in this report that Bucharest has arrested Ionescu and detained him for 30 days pending trial. But Romania rightfully refuses to return him to Singapore as Singapore demands. That is why I say Ionescu has won again, and Singapore has lost.
Romania should never send Ionescu to Singapore and I am sure they will not. At least, in Romania, he can expect a fair trial, which he will never get in Singapore. In fact, Ionescu has a very easy path ahead to convince the Bucharest court, not only that he should not be returned, but that each and every accusation against him by Singapore is false and inherently unreliable.
Why do I say this? I say this because Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore has discredited their own legal system so much that almost everyone who commits a crime in Singapore and absconds abroad would very likely not be returned because of Singapore's bad name.
Please do not misunderstand me. If Ionescu is indeed guilty, he should be given a trial. But the cardinal point is that everyone, including Ionescu deserves a fair trial, which is something the Singapore courts are incapable of giving. Singapore courts are simply corrupt.
Look at it's history. JB Jeyaretnam throughout his career was repeatedly hounded and punished for crimes he never committed. Almost every political opponent was and is charged with trumped up charges and false accusations. In Dr. Chee's case, the court refused even to give him a trial, instead deciding the case in the private chambers of Judge Belinda Ang Saw Ean and ordering him to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars thereafter. In the Kangaroo trial, Judge Judith Prakash, now known as Singapore's Kangaroo judge sends 3 men to jail merely for wearing T shirts with pictures of kangaroos in judicial robes. The International Bar Association in a 72 page report slams Singapore's judicial system for corruption.
No, the Bucharest court will not order Ionescu to be returned to Singapore once they hear this.
If Ionescu's lawyer needs my help in pointing out this appalling and shameful record of Singaporean justice, I would only be too happy to help. If Ionescu's attorney puts out this shameful record of legal abuse in Singapore by Lee Kuan Yew and son, I expect Ionescu to be vindicated of all blame.
There is a saying that justice must not only be done, but must also seen to be done, and this is where Singapore faces an insurmountable problem.
In Singapore's case, with such a deplorable record of judicial abuse, justice can never be seen to be done for Ionescu in Singapore. Neither the court in Bucharest, nor the European Community Court, of which Romania is a member will ever send Ionescu back to a place like Singapore.
It would have been entirely different if the High Court of Australia or Canada had made such a request. They on the other hand are countries respected in the world.
Singapore on the other hand is a pariah state. Like Burma.
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