Friday, January 29, 2010

Nani Nani Boo Boo. I am a diplomat and you can't proscecute me

There are so many things which I am so unaware of.

Was discussing with J regarding the Hit and Run accident involving Romanian diplomat, Dr Silviu Ionescu. It has already been proven that his car wasn't stolen and he was indeed the one behind the wheel at the time of the crime. He has thus far left Singapore and "seek protection" back home. Though at the point in time, there was no proof of evidence, it just irks me that we have no means of withholding him in SG to assist in the matter/case. TMD.... How to prosecute him now?

According to The New Paper, at around 3am on Dec 15, the car, a black Audi A6, had ploughed into two friends, Mr Tong Kok Wai, 30, and his friend, Mr Bong Hwee Haw, 24, at the junction of Bukit Panjang Road and Bangkit Road.

The two men, who had just finished supper at a 24-hour coffee shop in Bukit Panjang, both suffered head injuries and fractures.

The car hit another victim, 18-year-old Muhd Abu Talib at the next junction.

Mr Tong, a Malaysian, died at 2pm on Christmas Day, Dec 25, after suffering severe brain damage.

J mentioned something regarding diplomatic immunity and this is what I found:

What is diplomatic immunity?
It is a form of legal protection and a principle of international law under the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. It ensures diplomats are given safe passage and cannot be sued or prosecuted in the host country’s courts.
Win liao lor. Sometimes I just feel that 法律 can be pretty rigid, but yet it has to be that way. Darn... Periodically review passed legislation leh. Laws can also get outdated also right? Correct me if I'm wrong.

What is the purpose of diplomatic immunity?
To allow for the maintenance of government relations, including during periods of difficulties and war. And to allow diplomats to perform their duties with freedom, independence and security.
Someone define for me duties. Does that include crimes?

What can the host country do to apprehend a diplomat who’s a suspect in a criminal case?
The host country can request that diplomatic immunity be waived by the diplomat’s home country. If it refuses to do so, the host country can declare the diplomat persona non grata (unwanted person) and expel him.
“The host country can also request that the diplomat be prosecuted in his own country and his privileges be taken away,” the lawyer said.
Wah lao... Declare non grata is letting him go scott free.

What action can victims of offences committed by diplomats take?
None. They cannot sue diplomats as diplomatic immunity protects them from civil lawsuits as well.
“Diplomatic cars are usually not covered by insurance as it’s not required, so they probably can’t make a claim,” the lawyer said.
WTF WTF WTF. Someone DIED! 

Isn't it infuriating? Laws are meant to protect the innocent isn't it? Where is JUSTICE when the people needs it? We need a modern 包青天.

1 comments:

Yingjia Louise said...

go set fire to the freaking audi and worthless romanian embassy. then again, maqybe malaysia can make noise for one of their own instead of meddling in other people playing with their assholes

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