US diplomat’s wife Anne Sacoolas had immunity when fleeing UK after fatal crash: court
The parents of a UK teen motorcyclist killed by an American diplomat’s wife in a wrong-way crash in England last year lost a court battle Tuesday against the UK government for allowing her to leave the country with diplomatic immunity.
Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, lodged a legal challenge against Britain’s Foreign Office for allowing Anne Sacoolas, 43, to leave the UK after the fatal crash in August 2019.
But two High Court judges rejected that Tuesday, ruling that the American “enjoyed immunity from U.K. criminal jurisdiction at the time of Harry’s death.”
Via her lawyers, Sacoolas has previously admitted that she was driving on the wrong side of the road outside a US airbase in central England during the fatal crash in Northamptonshire.
She was charged in December with causing death by dangerous driving, but the U.S. State Department rejected a request to extradite her to Britain to face trial because of the immunity.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he stands with the family — even after the legal challenge to his office’s handling of the case.
“We’re clear that Anne Sacoolas needs to face justice in the UK, and we will support the family with their legal claim in the US,” Raab said.
Harry’s mother called the court ruling “just a blip along the way.”
“I promised my boy I would get him justice and that is just what Team Harry are going to do. No one is going to stand in our way,” Charles said in a statement to ITV.
“It’s obviously disappointing that this court did not find in our favour but we are more focused now than ever on fulfilling that promise.”
Harry’s father told ITV he was still in “absolute disbelief.”
“It all seems so cruel and needless and I am just as angry today as I ever have been but so determined to see it all through until we have justice,” he said.
With Post wires
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