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UK News What is diplomatic immunity? Why diplomats are exempt from some laws, after Anne Sacoolas named over hit-and-run death

16:20  07 october  2019
16:20  07 october  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

Husband of US woman granted diplomatic immunity 'not registered diplomat'

  Husband of US woman granted diplomatic immunity 'not registered diplomat' The husband of the American women granted diplomatic immunity following a fatal car crash was not registered as a diplomat, a lawyer has told Sky News. Mark Stephens revealed Jonathan Sacoolas is not on the official diplomatic list, meaning he or any dependents would not be allowed protection through diplomatic immunity.The international lawyer said he was protected under a bilateral US-UK agreement covering spy bases in the UK.Mr Sacoolas' wife, Anne, was granted diplomatic immunity and flew to the US soon after British teenager Harry Dunn was killed in a car crash she is believed to have been involved in.

Diplomatic immunity is a form of legal immunity that ensures diplomats are given safe passage and are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under the host country' s laws

Anne Sacoolas , wife of US Diplomat Jonathan, has been granted diplomatic immunity . This means ambassadors can commit any crime, including murder, and be immune from local law which Commercial diplomats promote trade and investment, while consular staff assist citizens from their

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Government ministers are calling for an American woman to return to the UK to answer questions after she claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country.

The woman - believed to be the wife of a diplomat and named in media reports as Anne Sacoolas - is wanted for questioning in connection with the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.

Dunn was killed in a head on collision with a woman who had just driven out of RAF Croughton in late August.

Police believe the woman was on the wrong side of the road as she emerged from the base, and despite telling police she did not plan to invoke diplomatic immunity, she left the country.

Anne Sacoolas: Boris Johnson urges US to waive immunity for diplomat's wife wanted over Harry Dunn death

  Anne Sacoolas: Boris Johnson urges US to waive immunity for diplomat's wife wanted over Harry Dunn death Anne Sacoolas is wanted by British police over the death of teenager Harry Dunn on 27 AugustAnne Sacoolas, 42, is wanted for questioning over a crash in August in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed after his motorbike collided with a car close to RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

THE wife of US diplomat who fled Britain after claiming immunity has been revealed after the tragic hit - and - run death of a British teen. They tweeted: "Sky News can reveal that 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas is the American diplomat ' s wife who was involved in a fatal collision with 19-year-old Harry

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What is diplomatic immunity?

Diplomatic immunity is designed to allow diplomats safety and immunity from lawsuit or prosecution under the host country's laws.

Modern diplomatic immunity was brought in by the the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in 1961, although its concept has existed for thousands of years.

Its use is to allow for the up-keeping of relations between governments, particularly during periods of conflict, and two-way immunity allows diplomats to effectively carry out their duties with the host state assured that their diplomats will receive the same treatment.

Only a small minority of countries don't adhere to diplomatic immunity.

Can it be waived?

It is possible for the home country of a diplomat to waive his or her immunity.

Mother of hit and run teenager wants to meet the diplomat's wife who killed her son and 'give her a hug'

  Mother of hit and run teenager wants to meet the diplomat's wife who killed her son and 'give her a hug' The mother of the UK teenager who was killed by an American diplomat's wife in August just wants to meet the woman to give her a hug. Harry Dunn, 19, was killed on his motorcycle when the woman - who has now been named as Anna Sacoolas - collided with him when she pulled out of the airbase on to the wrong side of the road, hitting Harry head-on. A spokesperson for the family told Yahoo news that they are simply bereft but that she made a mistake on the night their son was killed."We have no knowledge of this woman, all we know is that she has now been named and she killed our son."Charlotte (Harry's mother) just wants to meet her and give her a hug. She made a mistake that night.

Spotlight on protection for foreign diplomats after death of Harry Dunn in accident involving a US However, it is understood that some diplomatic staff and their spouses located outside the capital Diplomats are supposed to behave responsibly. The Vienna convention states: “Without prejudice to

Anne Sacoolas is the wife of American diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas who fled from the United Kingdom after a crash that killed 19-year-old According to Sky News, someone on the American side told Sacoolas to leave Britain. In a statement, the U. S . State Department declined to name Sacoolas

This can happen in cases where the individual in question has committed a serious crime.

This crime would be one unconnected to their duties, so if for example a diplomat was accused of spying in another country, their home country would likely uphold the immunity, as it is needed for them to carry out their responsibilities.

What is more likely to happen, is that the individual in question may be prosecuted for their crime by their home country, but if immunity is waived by a government it must be in the public interest to prosecute them.

A notable example of this happened in 2002, when a Colombian diplomat in London was prosecuted for manslaughter once diplomatic immunity was waived by the Colombian government.

Nick Adderley, chief constable for Northamptonshire Police, said US authorities had been appealed to in "the strongest terms" to waive the woman's immunity.

The US embassy has confirmed the incident involved a vehicle driven by the spouse of a US diplomat assigned to UK who had since departed the country, but said that diplomatic immunity was "rarely waived".

Why is the case controversial?

The case of Anne Sacoolas is unusual because diplomatic immunity usually only covers diplomats and their dependants based in London.

But a special deal is reported to be in place between the UK and the US which gives diplomats and their families based at RAF Croughton immunity.

The arrangement is thought to have been in place as early as 1994 between the UK and US for the Northamptonshire base.

Harry Dunn death: Jeremy Hunt says UK is not a 'tinpot dictatorship' – and Anne Sacoolas should face justice .
He said allowing the diplomat's wife to flee justice was 'disrespectful' to the Dunn family and to the UK-US relationshipThe former foreign secretary said the UK was "not some tinpot dictatorship" and the wife of the US diplomatic should have to "face the legal consequences" of her involvement in the incident.

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