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Cars Matt Prior: The lessons that must be learnt from the Harry Dunn tragedy

02:35  14 february  2020
02:35  14 february  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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She was once a CIA agent. That’s what we learnt recently about Anne Sacoolas, although it feels like we find out something else unsettling about the traffic collision she was involved in every week.

Sacoolas is the American charged with death by dangerous driving after allegedly crashing into and killing Harry Dunn, 19, who was riding his motorbike near RAF Croughton – a secret US military listening post near Brackley, Northamptonshire – last August.

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Tim Dunn , Mr Dunn 's father, said it felt as if his "heart had dropped out" when he learnt , a week after his son's funeral, that the suspect had left the country. "For Harry 's parents, this situation is no doubt bewildering and deeply frustrating as they are trying to come to terms with this tragedy ,” he said.

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Sacoolas reportedly exited the gates at Croughton and turned on to the wrong side of the road for long enough to collide with Dunn. We’ve also learned that it took 40 minutes for an ambulance to reach the scene. Harry later died in hospital.

At first, Sacoolas co-operated with the police, but after an initial interview, she claimed diplomatic immunity and fled the country.

What else have we learnt? That the US military doesn’t routinely train its UK-based personnel to drive here. When it does, incidents reduce by 50%. We’ve also learnt that, as the prime minister conceded last week, the UK-US extradition treaty is skewed in favour of the US.

We’ve learnt the US secretary of state, unprecedentedly, is disinclined to grant the UK’s extradition request for Sacoolas, and that she won’t return voluntarily. Her lawyer, astonishingly, claimed “a criminal prosecution with a potential penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment is simply not a proportionate response”, as if the UK’s justice system, considered a paragon of fairness and rationality by the myriad of nations who modelled theirs on it, is cruel and deficient.

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And we’ve discovered how this series of setbacks and revelations, which would break most of us, has exposed the extraordinary resolve of Dunn’s family and their supporters. If the US has underestimated them (as I think president Donald Trump did when he met Harry’s parents, only to tell them that Sacoolas was waiting in an adjoining room, in what the family described as an “ambush”), I think it has made a grave mistake.

As it stands, the Dunn family are still exploring options, including pushing for Sacoolas to be issued an Interpol ‘red notice’, which could lead to her arrest anywhere outside the US, or to be tried in her absence.

There’s still disagreement between the family and Foreign Office over whether Sacoolas had, or was entitled to, diplomatic immunity – a vital tool for allowing government relations to function without malign interference from host nations. But it wasn’t designed for incidents like this.

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Perhaps I’m not impartial. I’m a motorcyclist, it’s not two years since my friend Henry Hope-Frost was killed on his bike and my children were friends with Harry Dunn, who was very kind to them when we moved to the area. They tell me his friends still feel the injustice keenly.

We invite our allies to work with us in the UK because we share interests and values, and because we think they’re a higher standard than you’ll find in other countries, groups or individuals. Presumably, that’s why we cast our net around the world to judge and act against others.

Well, if we are so good – and our morals and laws are so sound – shouldn’t people who make mistakes here be held to account not despite holding positions of privilege and responsibility, but because they do? We should all, particularly the powerful, have the grace and fortitude to be judged by the values for which we stand. Regardless of who we know or who we work for.

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Harry Dunn was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in August last year. Mrs Sacoolas, 42, claimed diplomatic immunity following the crash and was able to return to her home country, sparking an international controversy. © Getty Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab In a statement, Mr Raab said: “I called the US ambassador earlier to express the Government’s disappointment about this decision.“We feel this amounts to a denial of justice, and we believe Anne Sacoolas should return to the UK. We are now urgently considering our options.

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