UK News Britain will tighten up rules on diplomatic immunity after the Harry Dunn bike death case as Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab admits US told Britain driver Anne Sacoolas was planning to leave the country
Harry Dunn's family appeal for witnesses to fatal crash
The family whose son died in a crash involving a diplomat's wife have launched an appeal for witnesses to who may have seen her as she left to return to the US. Harry Dunn,19, died when his motorbike crashed into a car outside an RAF base in August.Anne Sacoolas,43, the wife of a US diplomat, was granted diplomatic immunity after the crash.The teenagers's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn have now taken their fight for justice to the US.They plan to visit both New York and Washington DC to whip up support from Americans and put pressure on the US government to "do the right thing".
Britain is reviewing the rules that allowed a US diplomat's wife to leave the country after she was involved in a fatal car crash, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday.
Harry Dunn, 19, died after a car driven by Anne Sacoolas is alleged to have collided with his motorbike near RAF Croughton, an air force base in Northamptonshire used by the US military.
As well as a review into diplomatic immunity, the foreign secretary also admitted the US told Britain that Sacoolas was planning to leave the country, but UK police were unable to legally stop her.
Raab told the House of Commons today: 'I have already commissioned a review of the immunity arrangements for U.S. personnel and their families at Croughton.
Diplomat's wife 'must agree to UK return' to meet Harry Dunn's parents
The family of Harry Dunn will only meet the American woman involved in the crash that killed him if she agrees to return to the UK. Family spokesman Radd Seiger told Sky News the condition was a "non-negotiable red line in the sand" as Harry's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, arrived in New York in the hope of meeting Anne Sacoolas.Mrs Sacoolas, the wife of a US diplomat, has previously said she wants to meet the pair to "express her deepest sympathies and apologies".
'As this case has demonstrated, I do not believe the current arrangements are right and the review will look at how we can make sure that the arrangements at Croughton cannot be used in this way again.'
He added that the government will 'continue to fight for justice' for the Dunn family.
It comes after Harry Dunn's parents admitted their hopes of meeting the woman who is said to have killed their son while driving on the wrong side of the road have 'become quite slim', following a meeting with President Donald Trump in the White House.
Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles revealed their Oval Office meeting with Trump failed when National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien made clear Anne Sacoolas would under no circumstances be returning to the UK.
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.
The distraught parents said: 'O'Brien was there next to Trump and he said 'she is never coming back to the UK,'' before describing him as 'quite aggressive.'
The pair then emotionally explained how they refused to meet Mrs Sacoolas, who was in another room waiting for a reconciliation, because they promised their late son that they would get justice for him on UK soil.
Ms Charles said: 'Our immediate reaction was no straight away. We made a promise to Harry and we said we would get justice on UK soil because the evidence was already there.
'If we meet her we need therapists around us, we don't want to be thrown together.'
Harry Dunn: British Police To Travel To The US To Interview Crash Suspect Anne Sacoolas
British police officers are due to travel to the US to interview the suspect in a crash which killed teenager Harry Dunn. The 19-year-old motorcyclist died after his bike crashed into a car driven by Anne Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August. Sacoolas – the wife of a US diplomat – travelled back to America following the crash, claiming diplomatic immunity. Radd Seiger – a spokesman for Dunn’s family – said the news that Northamptonshire Police was sending detectives to the US was “further compounding the family’s misery”.
'We hoped that she would do the right thing as a human and face the justice system. We would still work with her but to be honest our hopes of meeting have become quite slim.'
Speaking on This Morning with Eamon Holmes and Langsford, the bereaved parents accepted that there is a chance they won't get the justice they want.
Ms Charles said: 'They were aware we were going to work with police to get her sentence suspended so she wouldn't be taken from her children.
'We have considered that we may not win but if justice means not getting her back but getting the truth then that's a win.
UK police to travel to US in car crash probe
LONDON (AP) — British police plan to travel to the U.S. to interview an American diplomat's wife involved in a crash that killed a British teenager. Northamptonshire Police Chief Nick Adderley said Tuesday that officers will travel as soon as their visas are arranged. They plan to interview Anne Sacoolas about the crash that killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn in August when his motorcycle collided with a car allegedly driven by Sacoolas outside a British air force base in southern England used by the U.S. military.Sacoolas left Britain shortly after the crash, though police released a statement saying she had previously told them she had no plans to depart.
'We want to know who made the decision for her to go? When did she go? Who allowed her to leave?
Tim: 'They lied to us. They said she had immunity and then didn't have immunity.'
The pair then cast doubt on the efforts of the Foreign Secretary, telling viewers they were 'sceptical' after Dominic Raab admitted to them he delayed informing them that Mrs Sacoolas had left the country.
Ms Charles then made an emotional plea to Mrs Sacoolas, who ploughed into 19-year-old Harry Dunn while driving on the wrong side of the road near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
She said: 'Come back to the UK. We're not horrible people.
'We know she must be suffering - her two children were in the car - they must be suffering too. We want her to come back.'
Yesterday, Harry's family called for prosecutors to 'get on with it' after learning vital evidence has been passed on to them.
Ms Charles and Mr Dunn were told that police have handed their file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
The evidence includes CCTV footage of US citizen Mrs Sacoolas, 42, driving on the wrong side of the road outside RAF Croughton – a spy hub in Northamptonshire – almost eight weeks ago before crashing head-on into the 19-year-old motorcyclist.
Harry Dunn crash: British police officers sent to US to interview Anne Sacoolas over teenager's death
Northamptonshire Police Chief Nick Adderley said Tuesday that officers will travel as soon as their visas are arrangedThe 19-year-old was killed when his bike crashed into a car being driven by Anne Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton on 27 August.
She used her husband's status as a US intelligence officer to claim diplomatic immunity before leaving Britain.
But her immunity from prosecution has expired because he is no longer in his post, according to the Foreign Office.
The CPS will decide whether the evidence is strong enough for charges to be brought. Then an extradition request could be made to the US for her arrest.
Last night, Radd Seiger, a spokesman for Harry's parents, urged the CPS to make a quick decision to avoid keeping the family 'stuck in limbo'.
He said: 'Come on, let's get on with it. For us that would be a big step if an extradition request was submitted to the US.
'That would be one giant step towards achieving closure. It's not a game – this family are grieving.'
Labour has called for an urgent parliamentary inquiry into the Government's handling of the case after the Foreign Office admitted hiding information from the teenager's family.
Police were told Mrs Sacoolas had left Britain on September 16 after being granted diplomatic immunity.
Harry's parents claim they were not informed until ten days later.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said: 'It now looks increasingly clear that the Foreign Secretary and his officials have something to hide in terms of how they responded to this dreadful tragedy.
Harry Dunn's family to launch legal action against Foreign Office
Harry Dunn's family has told Sky News they will take legal action against the Foreign Office over the way the government handled the death of their son. The teenager's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have instructed a top-level legal team to seek a judicial review into the way his case was dealt with.Human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson, who has defended boxer Mike Tyson and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, will be on the team.Mrs Charles and Mr Dunn have also condemned Northamptonshire Police's decision to send officers to the United States to interview Anne Sacoolas.
'The rights, justice and answers that are due to Harry Dunn's grieving family can no longer be denied.'
Meanwhile donations to Harry's campaign more than doubled during his family's visit to the US.
Harry's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn spent all of last week in the US, participating in a number of high profile media interviews and also had a controversial meeting with Donald Trump.
Prior to leaving, Harry'spage stood at just over £30,000 with a target to reach £75,000.
Since the widespread coverage of their US trip, it now stands at over £66,000 and the target has been increased to £100,000.
The money has been raised from 2,000 donors from 24 countries including New Zealand, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal.
Mr Seiger described the US trip as 'highly successful.'
Mr Seiger added: 'Since that appeal, the family can't quite believe the wonderful further support they are receiving from the public and are frankly overwhelmed as they have watched the donations flood in.
'They are incredibly grateful from the bottom of their hearts for all this support.'
Brother of Harry Dunn calls for suspect to return to UK .
Niall Dunn says the diplomatic immunity held by American Anne Sacoolas felt like “a punch in the face” for his family.Video: "Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry on Harry Dunn tragedy" (Evening Standard)