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UK News UK-US relations further strained over refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas

00:25  25 january  2020
00:25  25 january  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

UK chief wants to discuss road safety with US base commander

  UK chief wants to discuss road safety with US base commander LONDON (AP) — A British police chief requested an urgent meeting with a U.S. Air Force commander Saturday after learning of two more traffic incidents in the area where a teenage motorcyclist died in a collision with a car driven by an American diplomat's wife. Harry Dunn was killed when he was hit by a car driven by a woman whose husband was an intelligence officer at RAF Croughton, a military base in central England used by U.S. forces. The woman is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road when the head-on collision occurred.

Andrea Leadsom said the US refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas "must be changed" and was "clearly wrong". Extradition proceedings were launched earlier this month. 'Completely heartbroken'. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned down the extradition request in an email to the UK

The US refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas to face prosecution over the road death of teenager Harry Dunn amounts to a "denial of justice", foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said. The family of the Northamptonshire 19-year-old are demanding a meeting with prime minister Boris Johnson after US

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Relations between the US and UK are at their lowest point for years after Donald Trump’s administration refused to extradite the woman charged with causing the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.

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Two cabinet ministers criticised the decision to block the return to the UK of Anne Sacoolas, who left the country after being involved in the road accident in which Mr Dunn was killed.

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The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to raise concerns about the case face to face with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo next week, i understands.

US denies extradition request for Harry Dunn suspect

  US denies extradition request for Harry Dunn suspect The US has turned down an extradition request for the woman charged over the death of Harry Dunn, a family spokesman says. Radd Seiger said their constituency MP Andrea Leadsom informed them of the news that the extradition request for Anne Sacoolas had been denied.Ms Leadsom is due to meet the US ambassador Woody Johnson in London on Friday to discuss the case.Mr Seiger said the family were taking time to process the news and would be reacting fully on Friday morning.Mr Dunn's family have said they are "not surprised" and had "expected this all along", according to Sky News correspondent Lisa Dowd.

“If the United States were to grant the UK ’ s extradition request, it would render the invocation of diplomatic immunity a practical nullity and At the time of the head-on collision, Sacoolas was living with her husband near the Royal Air Force Croughton station, which is operated by the U . S . Air Force.

Britain angered by US refusal to extradite diplomat' s wife. The case of Anne Sacoolas has been a thorn in London' s close relations with Washington, stirring up debates over the limits of diplomatic " We feel this amounts to a denial of justice, and we believe Anne Sacoolas should return to the UK .

The extradition row is one of four flashpoints in UK-US relations which threaten to overshadow talks between the two governments on a post-Brexit trade deal.

Diplomatic row

Dominic Raab has called the US' decision to reject a request to extradite Anne Sacoolas, a 'denial of justice' (Photo: PA Wire)

There are also tensions over the Iran nuclear deal, heightened by the US killing of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, plans by the UK for a deal with the Chinese tech firm Huawei and the Chancellor Sajid Javid’s comments this week that the UK will press ahead with a digital services tax targeting US tech giants.

Mr Raab said: “We feel this amounts to a denial of justice. We are now urgently considering our options.”

U.S. denies Britain's extradition request for diplomat's wife

  U.S. denies Britain's extradition request for diplomat's wife U.S. denies Britain's extradition request for diplomat's wifeBritish prosecutors have requested the extradition of Anne Sacoolas over the crash last August in which 19-year-old Briton Harry Dunn was killed while riding his motorbike.

THE US ' refusal to extradite a suspect charged over the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn is a "denial of justice", the government blasted today. Anne Sacoolas , 43, was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit 19-year-old Harry' s motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire

Legal experts question if American is eligible for full immunity over alleged role in fatal crash.

Following talks with their constituency MP and the Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Mr Dunn’s family said they would not give up fighting for Ms Sacoolas’ extradition.

His mother Charlotte Charles said: “She [Ms Sacoolas] has to come back. I still don’t understand how she can even live with herself and carry on with her life and drive. She has to come back.”

'United in our determiation to get justice'

Ms Leadsom held talks with the US ambassador to London, Woody Johnson, but the meeting did not change the position. Ms Leadsom said: “Obviously Harry’s family are disappointed and very upset, but equally very determined that the driver of the car that killed Harry Dunn should be brought back to the UK to face justice. We are absolutely united in our determination to get justice for Harry.”

Ms Sacoolas, 42, whose husband was an intelligence official at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving in December.

Harry Dunn Death: Anne Sacoolas Extradition Request Denied By US

  Harry Dunn Death: Anne Sacoolas Extradition Request Denied By US The US Secretary of State has rejected an extradition request for the suspect charged in connection with the death of British teenager Harry Dunn. The 19-year-old’s parents were informed of Mike Pompeo’s decision in a phone call with their constituency MP Andrea Leadsom on Thursday. In a statement, a spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “We are disappointed in this decision, which appears to be a denial of justice. “We are urgently consideringThe 19-year-old’s parents were informed of Mike Pompeo’s decision in a phone call with their constituency MP Andrea Leadsom on Thursday.

Contact us . Home Northampton Harry Dunn: Anne Sacoolas extradition refusal ‘wrong’. Andrea Leadsom said the US refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas “must be changed” and was “clearly The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned down the extradition request in an email to the UK

Britain on Friday rebuked the United States for refusing to extradite a diplomat' s wife charged over a car crash that killed a British teenager, calling it a "denial The US State Department confirmed it had rejected the request, saying Sacoolas had immunity from criminal jurisdiction during her stay in the UK .

Next week Mr Raab will hold a debate in central London with his US counterpart Mr Pompeo at a Policy Exchange event. It is likely the two men will discuss the case.

The Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesman Alistair Carmichael said: “It is clearer than ever after this week that the US under Donald Trump is no true ally to the UK.”

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Special relationship — other flashpoints

Although traditionally the UK and US have shared a “special relationship” over the years, a series of flashpoints between the two nations have begun to emerge.

The first on the list is trade and when trade talks will begin. The White House is increasingly putting pressure on Downing Street to initiate talks with the US before the EU.

Donald Trump is already trying to heap pressure on the Prime Minister to drop a tax on US tech giants (Photo: Erin Schaff/Pool/REUTERS)

Concerns remain in Washington around Huawei and the UK’s plans to use the Chinese tech company to provide some of its 5G network. The US insists it will stop sharing intelligence if the Government presses ahead with plans.

Iran is another sticking point. Fault lines continue to exist over the Iranian nuclear deal, with Mr Johnson aligning himself with Europe in his support.

Number 10 was also completely caught off guard by the White House’s decision to assassinate Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, having been given no prior knowledge of the US plan.

Sajid Javid also enraged the US government this week when he said in a speech in Davos that the UK would press ahead with plans for a 2 per cent digital services tax on major multinational tech giants like Facebook and Google. US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin suggested the US could retaliate by increasing export duties for the UK.

Prince Andrew and Dunn suspect 'swap' dismissed by foreign secretary .
The foreign secretary has dismissed the idea of Prince Andrew going to the US to help the Jeffrey Epstein investigation in return for Anne Sacoolas coming to the UK. A potential swap was mooted by reporters after foreign secretary Dominic Raab met US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in London.Mr Pompeo was asked: "We want Anne Sacoolas, you want Prince Andrew - is there a deal to be done?" Prince Andrew (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images) Amid laughter in the room, the secretary of state said: "Yeah, I can answer that. I am confident each of these cases will be resolved on their relative merits.

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