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UK News Donald Trump REFUSES to hand over American diplomat's wife who killed teenager in car crash to British authorities, but says he wants her to meet victim's family for 'some healing'

00:20  10 october  2019
00:20  10 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Wife of US diplomat suspected of killing teenager in hit and run claimed immunity to leave the UK

  Wife of US diplomat suspected of killing teenager in hit and run claimed immunity to leave the UK A US diplomat's wife suspected of causing the death of a teenage boy in a hit-and-run claimed diplomatic immunity to flee the UK. The woman is being investigated in connection with the death of Harry Dunn, 19, who was killed when his motorbike collided with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August. Police believe that she pulled out of the airbase onto the wrong side of the road before colliding head on with Mr Dunn, according to reports.Mr Dunn suffered multiple injuries and died later on in hospital. © Provided by Oath Inc. Harry's family have now appealed to President Trump to send her back to the UK.

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Donald Trump publicly rebuffed a plea from Britain's prime minister to waive diplomatic immunity for the American woman suspected of killing a teenager in a car crash today, saying instead that he wanted to see the victim's family meet her for 'some healing.'

The president spoke in the White House after a call with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who today telephoned to personally ask him to 'reconsider the US position' to grant immunity to the American diplomat's wife.

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car on August 27 and the suspect in the case, 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, who is married to a US intelligence official, was granted diplomatic immunity following the crash, then got on a plane to the US.

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  PM urges US to waive immunity for diplomat’s wife wanted over teen’s death crash Mr Johnson said he would raise Harry Dunn’s case with the White House if necessary.Vowing to raise the case of 19-year-old Harry Dunn with the White House if necessary, Mr Johnson said: “I do not think it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose.

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The parents of the victim , Harry Dunn, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have appealed for her to return to the UK. Johnson said that if she doesn't The wife of an American diplomat in the UK who was involved in a fatal collision with a British teenager claimed diplomatic immunity to flee the country.

Trump was asked publicly about the case shortly after the call and addressed it for the first time, calling it 'a very complex issue.'

He acknowledged that Johnson had asked for the woman's diplomatic immunity to be lifted but said: 'We are going to speak to her very shortly and do something where they meet.

'We are going to speak to her and see if we can come up with something so there is some healing.'

Trump acknowledged that 'a tragedy occurred' and described Scoolas - who he did not name - as 'driving on the wrong side of the road,' then suggested he had done the same too in the UK, where he has two golf courses.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump was asked publicly about Harry Dunn's death and the suspicion that he was killed by an American spy's wife and addressed it for the first time, calling it 'a very complex issue.' He said he wanted the woman and the bereaved family to meet for 'some healing' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Donald Trump was asked publicly about Harry Dunn's death and the suspicion that he was killed by an American spy's wife and addressed it for the first time, calling it 'a very complex issue.' He said he wanted the woman and the bereaved family to meet for 'some healing'

'Those are the opposite roads. That can happen,'  he said. 'I won't say it ever happened to me, but it did. When you get used to driving on our system and you're all of a sudden on the other system, where you're driving, it happens. You have to be careful.'

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.

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He acknowledged that U.S. public opinion was also likely to be in favor of Sacoolas being stripped of diplomatic immunity.

'I understand where the people from the UK [feel], and frankly a lot of Americans feel the same way,' he said.

But he said: 'The person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity.

'It was an accident. It was a terrible accident.'

Dunn's family met with UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab this afternoon, but slammed the meeting as a 'publicity stunt' that left them 'angry and frustrated'.

A Downing Street spokesman revealed conversations between the Prime Minister and Mr Trump have taken place.

He said: 'The two leaders discussed the tragic death of Harry Dunn.

'The Prime Minister urged the President to reconsider the US position so the individual involved can return to the UK, co-operate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice.

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'The President said he was fully aware of the case and deeply saddened by what has happened, and he expressed his condolences to Harry's parents.

'The leaders agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible.'

This afternoon Mr Raab met Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, and father, Tim Dunn this afternoon, who earlier today said they have been left in limbo after Mrs Sacoolas fled to the US.

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  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.

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A lawyer has claimed that the husband of an American woman who was granted diplomatic immunity after teenager Harry Dunn was killed in a car Harry’ s parents have previously said that they want her to apologise face-to-face. Charlotte Charles said Mrs Sacoolas must answer questions over the

But speaking after the meeting, Harry's mother Charlotte Charles said: 'I'm disgusted and feel let down by both governments. Nothing useful came out of the meeting with Dominic Raab. Although he engaged with us, it just felt like a publicity stunt.'

Mr Dunn added: 'We feel extremely let down. The really disappointing thing is that it seems that it's OK to kill a young lad and then walk away just because you have diplomatic immunity.'

Asked about his son by reporters, Mr Dunn became emotional and was supported by his family as he called him a 'special boy'.

'He was a beautiful boy, a beautiful lad, he had so many friends, he loved life, he loved his motorbikes, loved his football,' he said.

'He didn't have a bad bone in his body, he just loved his family, he just loved everything.

'He was a special boy and I miss him like mad.'

The couple were accompanied by their lawyer Radd Seiger, who echoed the Dunn family's disappointment at the outcome of the meeting with Mr Rabb.

Giving a statement on behalf of the family, he said: 'To say we are disappointed with the outcome would be an understatement. We are frustrated. We are angry.'

He added: 'Before the meeting we were led to believe that something positive would come out of it. But all Mr Raab made clear to us is that the Americans insist that Mrs Sacoolas has full diplomatic immunity and under no circumstances are they going to grant a waiver.

Donald Trump Defends US Diplomat's Wife Over Death Of British Teenager Harry Dunn

  Donald Trump Defends US Diplomat's Wife Over Death Of British Teenager Harry Dunn Donald Trump has appeared to defend the US diplomat’s wife who is suspected of being involved in the death of British teenager Harry Dunn. Harry, 19, was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car on August 27. The suspect, 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, reportedly married to a US intelligence official, was granted diplomatic immunity following the crash. The car was thought to have been driving on the wrong side of the road after leaving RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire – a military base used by the US Air Force.The US president said that Americans driving on the other side of the road in the UK “happens”.

The diplomat ' s wife who fled back to the US claiming immunity after allegedly killing a British teenager was driving on the wrong side of The US embassy has refused to grant Northamptonshire Police an immunity waiver to interview her as a suspect. As anger over the case intensified, Harry’ s

Because she is a diplomat ' s wife , the case has been shrouded in secrecy until now. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will ask the White House to waive her protection and send her The Northamptonshire force said during the meeting 'diplomatic immunity had been raised as an issue'.

'Our position is that she does not have diplomatic immunity and must return to Britain to face the consequences of her actions.'

a woman posing for a picture: Mrs Sacoolas' husband, Jonathan, works at RAF Croughton, which US intelligence use © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mrs Sacoolas' husband, Jonathan, works at RAF Croughton, which US intelligence use

Ms Charles also said: 'I can't really see the point we were invited to see Dominic Raab, we are no further forward than where we were this time last week.

'Although he is engaging with us, we have no answers. We are really frustrated that we could spend half an hour or more with him and just come out with nothing.'

The lawyer for Mr Dunn's family later said they are engaging lawyers to take a civil case against Anne Sacoolas in the US.

'Our position is that she doesn't have immunity and that waivers are always granted in these circumstances,' Radd Seiger told reporters in Westminster on Wednesday.

'Now we can disclose to you we have brought lawyers on board. We are going to Washington soon to help us get that justice for Harry.'

The Dunn family have hired leading lawyers Mark Stephens and Geoffrey Robertson, QC, who specialise in diplomatic law.

Central to their case is the issue of what level of diplomatic immunity Mrs Sacoolas and his family had, if any at all. Her husband was an intelligence official at RAF Croughton but did not appear on the list of diplomats in the UK with immunity.

It was also revealed to the family during their meeting with Mr Raab that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to talk with Donal Trump about the case within the next 24 hours.

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  Harry Dunn's parents reject 'bombshell' offer to meet diplomat's wife Harry Dunn's parents have refused to meet the American woman responsible for his death after they learnt she was in the White House during their talks with Donald Trump. Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles said "the bombshell was dropped" that Anne Sacoolas was in the room next door to meet them as they discussed their case with the US president on Tuesday. © Other Harry Dunn was riding a motorbike when he was died in a fatal crash Their son Harry, 19, was riding his motorbike when he was killed in a collision involving Mrs Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, outside an RAF base in Northamptonshire in August.

A U. S . diplomat ’ s wife killed a British teen in a wrong-way collision, police say . She claimed immunity and fled the U.K. Harry Dunn in an undated photograph. The death sparked widespread outrage after authorities revealed that Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity under international law, allowing her

Boris Johnson intervenes over US diplomat ' s wife : PM telephones Donald Trump to urge he 'reconsiders' decision to give diplomatic immunity woman who fled Britain after hit-and-run crash that left 19-year-old dead. Harry Dunn died after being knocked down outside a US intelligence base in UK.

Mr Seiger has also has invited US president Donald Trump to have a conversation with the family about the issue.

'If meeting with President Trump would help us get a step closer to seek justice for Harry, to get justice for that boy who died that night needlessly, one of the most wonderful kids in our community, if that's what it takes then I will extend an invitation now to President Trump,' he said.

'Meet us. Let's have a chat. Nobody wants to litigate.'

Ms Charles added: 'We will still keep going, there's still fire in our bellies. We will continue to fight for justice for Harry because there's that feeling in our stomachs that something is not right.'

She called on Mrs Sacoolas to return and face justice, insisting that an apology was no longer sufficient.

Ms Charles added: 'I want her to talk to us and face up to what she's done. I don't see how it can be correct to abscond like this. What sort of example is she setting to her children?

'She's had six weeks, an apology is not enough anymore.'

Parents of killed teen reject Trump's attempted introduction

  Parents of killed teen reject Trump's attempted introduction WASHINGTON (AP) — The grieving parents of a British teenager who was killed in a car crash involving an American diplomat's wife felt ambushed when President Donald Trump tried to get them to meet with the woman in front of the press, attorneys for the couple said Wednesday. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn traveled to Washington on Tuesday seeking to have the woman's diplomatic immunity lifted. Instead, Trump and national security adviser Robert O'Brien surprised the family by inviting Anne Sacoolas to the White House and suggesting Dunn's parents meet with her in front of the White House press corps.

The wife of a US diplomat who fatally hit a British teenager and left the country is Anne Sacoolas, it has been revealed. Usually, immunity only covers diplomats and families based in London. However, a special deal is in place which gives it to diplomats and relatives based at RAF Croughton.

Mark Stephens told MailOnline: 'This family have been deliberately misled. To have full diplomatic immunity you have to be in an official diplomatic post and have to present your credentials. Mr Sacoolas did not do any of these things from my understanding.

'As a result, his wife was not entitled to leave the country because she did not have full diplomatic immunity. The Dunns need to start a civil action in America as quickly as possible and the Foreign Office should pay for it because they have let this family down.'

Prior to meeting the US Ambassador, Mr Raab raised the case in a telephone call with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Northamptonshire Police have also asked the US to consider waiving the immunity.

After Tuesday's meeting, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said: 'The Foreign Secretary met the US Ambassador today and urged the US to reconsider its position and do the right thing by Harry Dunn's family.'

Speaking to Sky News about the meeting with the Foreign Secretary, Ms Charles said: 'We've been offered the chance to now meet Dominic Raab and we've got that meeting this afternoon. We're very much hoping for some positivity.

'I hope he can look at us as human beings that just need our UK Government on our side.

'If we get that positivity and we get that breakthrough that we need, then we can actually start looking after ourselves and our other boy - his twin.

'Until we get the positivity and the answers we need, we are still in the mode of just keeping going with that fire in our belly that still keeps telling us that something is not right.'

Dalia Grybauskaite et al. looking at the camera: Harry's parents, Charlotte and Tim, could be forced to go to the US to get answers © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry's parents, Charlotte and Tim, could be forced to go to the US to get answers

Mr Dunn said: 'Hopefully he's going to tell us the news we want to hear - that they've got the waiver for the immunity and she is going to be coming back for justice for Harry.'

A crowdfunding page set up for Harry's family to begin their 'campaign to search for justice' and to help Harry's twin brother, Niall, reached its £10,000 target on Tuesday and has since passed £15,000.

Earlier today human right lawyer Mark Stephens today insisted that, if Mrs Sacoolas was not brought back to the UK, Harry's parents could bring civil legal action in the U.S.

Mr Stephens told BBC Breakfast: 'Immunity doesn't apply in the home country so even if the Foreign Office are correct and Mr and Mrs Sacoolas were entitled to immunity then, in those circumstances, if they've got back to America, immunity no longer applies.

'The family can go to America and sue Mrs Sacoolas in that country because she will not have immunity in America or any other third country.'

He said that, if the British government failed to have Mrs Sacoolas returned to the UK, the government should fund legal action in the US to uphold what he called Harry's parents' 'human right' to find out how he died.

Mr Stephens added: 'If the only way to do that [get answers] is by going to the US to sue Mrs Sacoolas it wouldn't be about money, it would be about the explanation that they have been asking for, hearing from her, what happened in those last moments.'

Harry was going to his father's house when he was in the collision with Mrs Sacoolas's Volvo XC90 outside RAF Croughton, a US intelligence hub in Northamptonshire.

Police said Mrs Sacoolas - who has driving offences to her name in America - had been travelling on the wrong side of the road for 400 yards when she collided with Harry's motorbike at around 8.30pm on August 27.

Mrs Sacoolas initially cooperated with police after being told Harry had died, but later fled to the US with her husband and three children, citing immunity due to her husband's job at the base.

It came as:

With no sign America will back down, Mrs Charles, 44, said her family would travel to Washington if necessary, in the hope of speaking to President Trump.

The Foreign Office and US Embassy have confirmed Mrs Sacoolas's husband Jonathan and his family are entitled to immunity.

Mrs Charles believes their immunity should be waived as the crime was potentially serious and involved the loss of a life.

In a direct appeal to Mr Trump she urged him to 'try to see it from our point of view and our heartache' and said she hoped he could help in bringing Mrs Sacoolas back to the UK for justice and to 'help us to start grieving again'.

Harry's parents embarked on a round of interviews yesterday, including an appearance on ITV's This Morning.

Harry's father Tim has devastatingly told how he cradled his dying son at the roadside. Mr Dunn, head of maintenance at an independent school, was called to the scene of the collision by a firefighter, a family friend who recognised Harry.

Mr Dunn, who described Harry as 'the centrepiece of the family and an amazing lad', asked police whether the driver had been injured, and was told she was fine. Harry suffered multiple horrific injuries and died in hospital.

a sign on the side of a road © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Boris Johnson said it is 'not right' to use immunity in this way, and has promised to raise the case with Mr Trump if it is not resolved.

Mrs Charles, who works in a GP surgery, said the family did not want to see Mrs Sacoolasjailed - only to speak to her and for the case to be concluded.

She added: 'We won't stop... diplomatic immunity is there to protect the diplomat and or their family when they are in danger - it is not there to protect them when they commit crimes as serious as this.'

She also said Harry's twin, Niall, was 'devastated' and was trying to 'rediscover who he is' after the death of his brother.

There are around 23,000 people entitled to diplomatic immunity in the UK. In 2017, 26 crimes were allegedly committed by people with immunity. Five of these were driving-related.

The Sacoolas family were said to have lived in a rented property in a village less than two miles from the scene of the tragedy.

Mrs Sacoolas briefly sent the couple's children to Winchester House School, where Harry's father worked as a caretaker.

Why are Americans at RAF Croughton in the UK?

RAF Croughton is an air base that is currently being leased by the US government.

It houses the 422nd Air Base Group, but is also being used by spies working for the Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe (JIOCEUR).

JIOCEUR is a military intelligence analysis center which is part of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The agency is an external branch of government which provides intelligence to 'warfighters, defense policymakers and force planners in the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community'.

a sign on the side of a road: The entrance to RAF Croughton is shown. Sacoolas was exiting the base when she turned onto the wrong side of the road on August 27 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The entrance to RAF Croughton is shown. Sacoolas was exiting the base when she turned onto the wrong side of the road on August 27

It provides intelligence information for the U.S. European and African commands as well as NATO.

The Center is based at RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire but, following the 2015 announcement that it was to close in 2023, many of the positions were moved to Croughton.

There are plans to consolidate it with the U.S. Africa Command to make a larger station at Croughton that will be known as the Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex - a major hub for US intelligence gathering.

According to locals in Croughton, the communications center - where Sacoolas' husband is said to work - is a 'site within the site' which has its own separate security.

The US government is reconsidering the relocation after being met with resistance from lawmakers who said it would be too expensive.

a large white building: A file photo of a geodesic dome covering radar scanners and satellite dishes at the base. It is an intelligence gathering hub which the US Defense Intelligence Agency uses to collect information from Europe and Africa © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A file photo of a geodesic dome covering radar scanners and satellite dishes at the base. It is an intelligence gathering hub which the US Defense Intelligence Agency uses to collect information from Europe and Africa
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The grieving parents of a British teenager who was killed in a car crash involving an American diplomat's wife felt ambushed when President Donald Trump tried to get them to meet with the woman in front of the press, attorneys for the couple said Wednesday. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn traveled to Washington on Tuesday seeking to have the woman's diplomatic immunity lifted. Instead, Trump and national security adviser Robert O'Brien surprised the family by inviting Anne Sacoolas to the White House and suggesting Dunn's parents meet with her in front of the White House press corps.

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