UK seeks extradition of US woman over teen's death in crash
LONDON (AP) — Britain has sparked a diplomatic standoff with Washington by requesting the extradition of a U.S. woman charged over a road crash that killed a U.K. teenager. The British government said late Friday it had formally asked for Anne Sacoolas to be sent to the U.K. to face a charge of causing death by dangerous driving. The U.S. State Department called the request “highly inappropriate” because it says Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity at the time of the crash.Harry Dunn, 19, died in August after his motorbike collided with a car driven by Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton, a British military base in central England used by U.S. forces.
Media captionMr Trump called Harry Dunn 's death a "terrible accident". A woman at the centre of a Mrs Sacoolas later left the UK to return home to the US , after telling local police she had no such Whatever the rights and wrongs of their case , that has always been and seems likely to remain the
The wife of a US diplomat left the UK after being made a suspect in a crash in which a teenager died. Image caption Harry Dunn pictured with his mother Charlotte Charles. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he has urged the US embassy to reconsider after the State Department said that
The Prime Minister has said the chances of a return to the UK for the US suspect charged in connection with the death of teenager Harry Dunn are “very low”.
The Home Office said it submitted an extradition request for Anne Sacoolas on Friday after she was charged with causing the 19-year-old’s death by dangerous driving last month.
Despite saying it was “right that we made the appeal for extradition”, Boris Johnson told BBC Breakfast that sending Mrs Sacoolas back to face justice was “not what (the US) do”.
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The US has called the move 'highly inappropriate'The 42-year-old American was charged with killing the 19-year-old motorcyclist by dangerous driving in December.
A spokesman for Dunn ’s family said that, while the move would not bring Dunn back, his relatives were nevertheless pleased, given the circumstances of “Despite the unwelcome public comments currently emanating from the US administration that Anne Sacoolas will never be returned , Harry ’s parents
The US State Department has said the extradition request for the suspect charged in connection with the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn is highly inappropriate. The 42-year-old suspect , the wife of a US intelligence official, claimed diplomatic immunity after the collision and was able to return
Mr Dunn died after his motorbike crashed into a car outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.
Mrs Sacoolas, 42, the wife of a US intelligence official, claimed diplomatic immunity after the collision and was able to return to her home country, sparking an international controversy.
The US State Department has said the extradition request for Mrs Sacoolas is highly inappropriate and would be an abuse.
But the Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said Boris Johnson’s views on the prospects of an extradition are “diametrically opposed” to the family’s.
Speaking about the extradition request on Tuesday, the Prime Minister told BBC Breakfast: “I think that it’s right that we made the appeal for extradition.”
Police join Dunn family legal action over crash suspect’s immunity
Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley has said he supported a request for his force to join the judicial review.The family of Harry Dunn have received a boost after the Northamptonshire Police chief said the force would take part in their legal claim contesting the diplomatic immunity granted to his alleged killer.
Harry Dunn 's father says the family has "heard nothing" since meeting Foreign Secretary Dominic The parents of a teenage motorcyclist killed in a crash have said they are considering civil action On Wednesday, the president said his administration would speak to Mrs Sacoolas " very shortly and see
The US State Department said an extradition request would be "highly inappropriate" and insisted that Ms Sacoolas' status at the time of the crash meant she had diplomatic immunity. A spokeswoman said they expressed their deepest sympathies and offered condolences to the Dunn family for their loss
He added: “I think the chances of America actually responding by sending Anne Sacoolas to this country are very low. That’s not what they do.”
Reacting to Mr Johnson’s comments from Denver in the US, the spokesman for the Dunn family, Radd Seiger, told the PA news agency: “I do not know what is in the Prime Minister’s mind in making those comments because the parents and I have not yet had the opportunity to sit down and talk with him but we expect to do so within the next few days.
“Certainly, if he is basing those comments on what is currently emanating from Washington he may well be right.
“However, the extradition request has now been delivered and therefore the legal process has commenced – Mr Johnson’s officials have been working extremely hard over the last few months to prepare a thorough and diligent case.”
Mr Seiger continued: “Harry’s family will as always take things one step at a time and will not prejudge the outcome of the process, but as I have stated many times publicly, my analysis of the prospects of success are diametrically opposed to Mr Johnson’s given my detailed discussions with officials both in London and Washington.
PM: Chances of Harry Dunn suspect facing extradition 'very low'
The prime minister has said the chances of the US handing over Anne Sacoolas are "very low" but the government will continue to "make every effort".Boris Johnson gave his first wide ranging interview in Downing St and was pressed on whether the woman charged with the death of Harry Dunn, who died after a car crash outside RAF Croughton, would be forced to return to the UK to face justice.
The US State Department has said it is in "close consultation" with British officials and has offered its "deepest sympathies" to the family of Mr Dunn . "Any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense
Harry 's parents said they wanted to meet Mrs Sacoolas, 42, in the UK . Mr Dunn said a White House official told them she would not be returning to the Mrs Sacoolas - who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official stationed at the base - was interviewed by police but then returned to the United
“Should the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ultimately make the political decision not to return her, that will not be the end of the matter.
“But the fact that they are prejudging the request without having even read it shows where we are with the current administration in terms of their approach to upholding the rule of law and right versus wrong.”
Commenting on what would happen if an extradition request was blocked, Mr Seiger told PA: “If that is what transpires, the campaign will swing into action deploying a number of measures, including blockading the bases, and we will sit down with British officials to discuss what they will do, not only on Harry’s family’s behalf, but the whole nation’s to ensure that justice is done and that no one ever suffers the same fate as Harry.
“Clearly, not only are we not safe around the bases, but none of us will get justice should the worst happen.
“That is not a sustainable position and I have made that crystal clear to the Government and the point has been taken on board.
“But we will take one step at a time and not get ahead of ourselves. Anne Sacoolas will be coming back to the UK to face justice. Unlike the Prime Minister, there is no doubt in my mind.”
Harry Dunn protestors demonstrate outside US base demanding spy's wife be returned to UK to face questions over road crash that killed the British teen .
Demonstrators gathered outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire today to demands Anne Sacoolas return to face questioning in the UK. Harry's step-brother Ciaran Charles is pictured leading the event.Harry, from Banbury, Oxfordshire, was allegedly knocked off his motorbike by Sacoolas, driving her Volvo XC90 on the wrong side of the road, on August 27 last year outside RAF Croughton - where her government official husband was stationed.