Boris Johnson says that the American diplomat's wife should return to the UK after a car accident that killed a teenager



08 October 2019 02:03:00

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants the wife of an American diplomat involved in a fatal car accident to return to Britain, saying that it was wrong that he used diplomatic immunity to leave the country.

Key point:

  • According to media reports, the alleged Sacoolas was presumably driving on the wrong side of the road
  • Harry Dunn's family described him as "bubbly and sociable"
  • His mother made an emotional request for justice

Harry Dunn, 19, died after a road collision near RAF Croughton, an air base in Northamptonshire, in central England, used by the United States.

"I hope Anne Sacoolas will return and engage adequately with the law processes as they are carried out in this country," Johnson said in a television interview, adding that the problem had been raised with the US Ambassador to London .

"If we can't solve it, obviously I will personally increase it with the White House."

Police said they requested a waiver from the diplomatic immunity to allow investigations and an interview.

"Unfortunately, we were later informed that the waiver had been refused and the suspect had left the UK," Northamptonshire superintendent Sarah Johnson told Sky News television.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged the United States to reconsider its decision to allow Sacoolas to use its diplomatic immunity to leave Britain.

"I called the US Ambassador to express the UK's disappointment over their decision and to urge the Embassy to reconsider it," he said.

A spokesman for the American Embassy in London said: "All questions concerning a waiver of immunity against our diplomats and their family abroad in a case like this receive an attention intense at senior level.

"The US Embassy continues to be in close contact with the appropriate British officials."

Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, diplomats and their families are immune from persecution, but immunity can be lifted by the state that sent them.

According to the Northamptonshire police, the accident occurred on August 27th at about 8.30pm (local time) when the young Kawasaki black motorcycle crashed into a Volvo that was traveling to the village.

Mr. Dunn was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital, but died shortly thereafter.

CNN reported that the diplomat's wife was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road when the accident occurred.

The family says that the loss leaves "a hole in our lives"

The police subsequently released a statement from Mr. Dunn's family.

"Our Harry loved life; his 19 years were always busy. Growing up as a twin and having three other brothers and a sister, there was always a competition that contributed to Harry's sparkling and extroverted nature," the statement reads. .

"From the age of seven he shared a passion for motorcycles with his grandparents and stepfather. Harry was a free spirit who spent all his wages on fuel for his bike and adored exploring the countryside with Portland Bill one of his favorite places.

"As a passionate football fan he followed in his father's footsteps and held a subscription to the NTFC for several years.

"His love for his family and his friends overcame everything and made him the caring and affectionate young man he was. So far, with all the messages we received, we came to understand how many people's lives touched .

"Harry's loss will leave the biggest hole in our lives and we will all miss him."

The family also launched a Gofundme page to fund a Justice4Harry campaign to bring the alleged driver of the car involved in the accident to justice.

ABC / wires






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