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Singapore welcomes Bucharest court's decision to double Ionescu's sentence

The Singapore government has welcomed the Bucharest Court of Appeal's decision to uphold Silviu Ionescu's conviction and double his sentence to six years for the hit-and-run accident in 2009.

SINGAPORE: The Singapore government has welcomed the Bucharest Court of Appeal's decision to uphold Silviu Ionescu's conviction and double his sentence to six years for the hit-and-run accident in 2009.

The former Romanian diplomat was initially sentenced to three years behind bars after being found guilty of manslaughter.

In response to media queries, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman said: "The Bucharest Court of Appeal delivered its verdict on the appeal relating to the hit-and-run case of Dr Silviu Ionescu, the former Romanian Chargé d'Affaires in Singapore, on February 13, 2014.

"Dr Ionescu's initial sentence was increased from three to six years' imprisonment.

"The Singapore government welcomes the decision by the Bucharest Court of Appeal to uphold Dr Ionescu's convictions as well as to enhance his sentence."

Ionescu hit three pedestrians in December 2009 while driving a car belonging to the Romanian mission. One of the pedestrians, a 30-year-old Malaysian, died.

The appeals court also found him guilty of inflicting injuries and fleeing from the location of the crash, according to the ruling.

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