The family members of Harry Dunn flew to the US yesterday for a possible showdown with the diplomat’s wife accused of killing the teenager in a car or truck crash.
Harry’s parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn hailed a ‘breakthrough’ immediately after finding out US citizen Anne Sacoolas no longer has diplomatic immunity from possible prosecution more than the case.
The Foreign Workplace created the revelation in a letter to the family members yesterday, explaining it is since her husband Jonathan has left his posting at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
Harry Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn (pictured) hailed a ‘breakthrough’ immediately after finding out that US citizen Anne Sacoolas no longer has diplomatic immunity
Mrs Charles mentioned: ‘The letter from the FCO was incredible, we felt like we ultimately had a breakthrough, we ultimately had confirmed that the immunity that we didn’t consider she had has been confirmed, that she does not have it, undoubtedly given that she absconded back to the USA.
‘A statement from her lawyer is promising that we may possibly be in a position to hopefully get a meeting place collectively – regardless of whether it is face to face or lawyer to lawyer, not seriously confident on that basis but but fingers crossed we’re stepping in the proper path.’
Mrs Sacoolas’s lawyers released a statement at the weekend describing the death of Harry, 19, in August as a ‘tragic accident’. They mentioned she is ‘devastated’ and has expressed a want to meet with the teenager’s family members, who have arrived in New York in their quest for justice.
Harry Dunn, 19, (pictured) was killed immediately after Sacoolas, 42, crashed her Volvo SUV into him close to RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire
Harry’s parents are arranging to give a series of interviews with America’s primary Television networks to heap stress on the US government to hand Mrs Sacoolas more than.
Sacoolas (pictured) initially claimed diplomatic immunity to stay away from possible prosecution more than the case
They will then travel to Washington DC to meet senior figures in the US government to express their outrage at the handling of the case.
Their lawyer Radd Seiger told the Mail: ‘Harry’s parents want to appear the US President in the eye and ask him to resolve this painful scenario. He requirements to comprehend they are utterly heartbroken.
‘We will not rest till we have Mrs Sacoolas back in the UK. That is the only way they can get closure.’ Mr Seiger mentioned Mrs Sacoolas, 42, has been asked 4 occasions if she would be prepared to return to the UK, and on every single occasion she failed to respond to the query.
He added: ‘Harry’s family members just want a direct answer as to regardless of whether she will to back to the UK and continue to enable the police with their investigation.
Mrs Charles (pictured) mentioned: ‘‘The letter from the FCO was incredible, we felt like we ultimately had a breakthrough, we ultimately had confirmed that the immunity that we didn’t consider she had has been confirmed, that she does not have it’
‘We’ve asked the identical query 4 separate occasions and on every single occasion this query is ignored. That is unacceptable.’
Mrs Charles, Harry’s mother, mentioned that Mrs Sacoolas’s response to the crash ‘just does not reduce it’.
‘My opinion on Anne Sacoolas now wanting to come forward and say sorry… is not seriously fairly adequate,’ she told Sky News.
‘But I’m nevertheless seriously open to meeting her, as are the rest of us. I cannot guarantee what I would or wouldn’t say, but I undoubtedly wouldn’t be aggressive.’ Harry’s parents are reluctant to meet the mother of 3 unless she offers some sort of assurances that she is prepared to be extradited to the UK.
Police have CCTV of Sacoolas driving on the incorrect side of the road (pictured are new indicators that have appeared outdoors the RAF base) but she claimed diplomatic immunity, which means detectives could not launch a criminal investigation
But the matter may possibly now be taken out of her hands if the Crown Prosecution Service applies to the US to extradite her. As the wife of a US intelligence officer, Mrs Sacoolas initially claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the UK immediately after the crash just outdoors the military base.
On Saturday evening the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab wrote to Harry’s family members and mentioned: ‘The UK Government’s position is that immunity, and as a result any query of waiver, is no longer relevant in Mrs Sacoolas’s case, since she has returned property.
Mrs Sacoolas’s lawyers released a statement at the weekend describing the death of Harry (pictured) in August as a ‘tragic accident
‘The US have now informed us that they as well take into account that immunity is no longer pertinent.’ Despite the fact that grateful for the letter, Harry’s family members want to know why the Foreign Workplace only reached this conclusion on the eve of their trip to the US – weeks immediately after Mrs Sacoolas left the nation.
Mr Seiger mentioned: ‘The family members could have been told weeks ago that she no longer had diplomatic immunity. The failure to do so has place needless and unnecessary pressure on a grieving family members.’
Harry suffered horrific injuries in the crash and died later in hospital. Mrs Sacoolas had pulled out of the base, a US spy hub, on the incorrect side of the road and collided with the teenager’s motorbike on the brow of a hill.
New road markings and a sign have appeared outdoors the base. Arrows indicating the path of travel have been painted on every single side of the road and a yellow ‘Please Drive on Left’ sign has also been placed on the roadside.
Residence Secretary Priti Patel yesterday played down ideas that Mrs Sacoolas could be extradited from the US.
Asked on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show regardless of whether this could come about, she mentioned: ‘It incredibly a lot appears that the lady in query desires to start out co-operating with the discussions and the investigations and I consider that we really should help that.
‘We have to have to assure that justice is carried out but clearly that co-operation with this investigation requires location. That is completely proper.’
How diplomat’s wife could now face prosecution for the crash
Just before the crash, Anne Sacoolas was entitled to immunity from prosecution since she is married to a US diplomat.
This permitted her to fly property with no getting held by the British police.
But as soon as back in America, Mrs Sacoolas’s husband was no longer viewed as to be at his post at RAF Croughton.
It meant the UK and US governments agreed Mrs Sacoolas is no longer entitled to immunity and could face prosecution more than the crash if she sets foot on British soil.
For the case to continue, she have to either return to the UK of her personal volition or be extradited.
The Crown Prosecution Service can apply to the US government to extradite her, but there are no guarantees.