Anne Sacoolas 'willing to discuss resolution with UK authorities'
Harry Dunn’s ‘killer’ Anne Sacoolas ‘remains willing to discuss resolution with UK authorities’ despite Joe Biden’s administration saying decision not to extradite her is ‘final’
- Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when car crashed into his motorbike in August 2019
- Alleged killer Anne Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf
- She has expressed interest in finding a ‘path forward’ and discuss a resolution
- President Biden’s state department said the refusal to extradite her was ‘final’
Harry Dunn’s alleged killer Anne Sacoolas ‘remains willing to discuss a resolution with the UK authorities’ despite Joe Biden’s administration describing the refusal to extradite her as ‘final’.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Sacoolas said their position had not changed and they wanted ‘nothing more than to find a path forward’.
When asked if they were working towards an alternative resolution in the case, the US Department of Justice declined to comment.
Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, said she and Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, wanted to sit down with Sacoolas once the prosecution was over to ‘rebuild our shattered lives’.
The 19-year-old was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside US military base RAF Croughton in August 2019.
Mr Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019
The suspect, 43-year-old Anne Sacoolas, had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US government following the crash and she was able to return to her home country
Sacoolas, 43, had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US government and was able to return to her home country.
She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving but an initial extradition request submitted by the Home Office was rejected by then US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in January last year.
State Department spokesman Ned Price was the first member of President Joe Biden’s administration to speak about the case and maintained the same position as the previous government.
He said in a statement: ‘The United States government has declined the United Kingdom’s request for extradition of a US citizen involved in a tragic vehicle accident that occurred in the United Kingdom. Our decision in that regard was final.
Joe Biden’s administration said the decision not to extradite Sacoolas was ‘final’ and maintained the same position as the previous government
Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, said she and Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, (pictured together) wanted to sit down with Sacoolas once the prosecution was over to ‘rebuild our shattered lives’
‘At the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the UK, the US citizen driver in this case had immunity from criminal jurisdiction.’
The Foreign Office said Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab raised the case with new secretary of state Antony Blinken in their first telephone conversation on Wednesday.
But speaking after Mr Price’s statement, Sacoolas’s lawyers said: ‘We have been and remain willing to discuss a resolution with the UK authorities.
Since Harry’s death his family, including his mother Charlotte (pictured), have campaigned to have Sacoolas face justice in Britain
‘Anne would like nothing more than to find a path forward and to provide the family some measure of peace.’
Reacting to the statement from Sacoolas’s lawyers, Ms Charles said: ‘It is good to see that Mrs Sacoolas remains willing to find a resolution. We need that so much.
‘This has never been about vengeance or retribution for us but justice for our boy and accountability.
‘When the prosecution is all over, Tim and I hope to meet with Mrs Sacoolas so that both families can begin to rebuild their shattered lives.
‘We know she and her children are victims too. We have so many questions we need to have answered and we need the inquest and public inquiry to have answers to them.’
Earlier this week, Charlotte Charles, Mr Dunn’s mother, appeared on ITV’s Lorraine today where she reissued her plea to Mr Biden, asking for Sacoolas to be sent to England.
Ms Charles told the programme’s host Lorraine Kelly: ‘My plea to President Biden needs to really reach over to him and we sincerely believe that he has received my plea.
Charlotte Charles, Mr Dunn’s mother, appeared on ITV’s Lorraine earlier this week where she reissued her plea to Mr Biden, asking for Anne Sacoolas to be sent to England
‘We are very hopeful, Radd [Seiger], our spokesperson, bless him, has been continuing to have talks with senior officials both in London and in Washington, those talks are picking up momentum and we do hold out a lot of hope, we are feeling quite positive.’
Lorraine said that President Biden was probably one of the few people who knows what Ms Charles was going through, having lost a child himself.
Mr Biden’s first wife and youngest child were killed in a car accident after a tractor-trailer carrying corn broadsided the family’s Chevrolet station wagon.
Neilia, 30, and 13-month-old daughter Naomi, had been out shopping shortly before Christmas in 1972.
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