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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 11°C
Harry Dunn's parents at a press conference in New York last week.
# Diplomatic Immunity
UK police travel to US to interview diplomat's wife at centre of Harry Dunn fatal crash row
Anne Sacoolas left the UK for the US shortly after the crash.

UK POLICE ARE sending officers to the US to interview the woman who claimed diplomatic immunity following her alleged involvement in the death of Harry Dunn.

The 19-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike crashed into a car driven by Anne Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.

Sacoolas is the wife of a US diplomat stationed in the UK.

Family spokesman Radd Seiger said on Twitter: “Yesterday the family were told the police had passed their file to the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) yet tonight were informed that the police were travelling to the USA to interview Mrs Sacoolas.

Those two statements appear to be contradictory on the face of it, further compounding the family’s misery.

Harry Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, will meet with Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry today, who is expected to call for a parliamentary inquiry into the teenager’s death.

Yesterday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the Commons he had commissioned a review into immunity arrangements for US personnel and their families at the RAF Croughton annex in light of the case.

Raab said there are “no barriers to justice being done” for Dunn.

He also said the UK government believes diplomatic immunity “clearly ended” for  Sacoolas, 42, when she left the country for the US shortly after the crash.

He added it would be for the CPS and police to decide what steps to take, telling MPs he is “not aware of any obstacle” under the UK/US Extradition Treaty.

Dunn’s parents have cancelled a meeting set for tomorrow afternoon with Chief Constable Nick Adderley of Northamptonshire Police after it became clear his intention was not to answer “a series of key questions” the family had prepared, Seiger said.

The PA news agency was told the force’s chief contacted the family to “provide clarity” that the meeting would only be a “private and personal visit to express condolences”.

Announcing the decision to cancel the meeting on Twitter, Seiger said: “The time for condolences has long since passed and the answers to the many questions about Anne Sacoolas’s departure and next steps are long overdue!

Every moment that passes without those answers only compounds the family’s pain and misery. Totally unacceptable!

The parents travelled to the US last week in an attempt to put pressure on authorities to return Sacoolas to the UK.

The visit included talks at the White House with President Donald Trump, during which the family was told that Sacoolas was in a nearby room and prepared to meet them.

They refused, insisting such an encounter take place in the UK. 

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