UK Prosecutors Work To Extradite U.S. Diplomat's Wife For Teen's Death

U.K. prosecutors have charged Anne Sacoolas, a U.S. diplomat's wife, for the wrong-way car wreck that left a teen dead.

London, UK – British prosecutors have filed charges and begun extradition proceedings against the U.S. diplomat’s wife who killed a U.K. teenager in a wrong-way crash in August.

“Following the death of Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire, the Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Northamptonshire Police to charge Anne Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving,” Chief Crown Prosecutor Janine Smith said in a statement on Friday, according to The Washington Post.

Amy Jeffress, the attorney for 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, said her client “will not return voluntarily to the United Kingdom to face a potential jail sentence for what was a terrible but unintentional accident,” the San Francisco Gate reported.

Sacoolas has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, a crime that carries a sentence of up to 14 years in Great Britain.

The crash occurred on the night of Aug. 27 as 19-year-old Harry Dunn was riding his motorcycle past RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, the Daily Mail reported.

Northamptonshire police said that Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, pulled out of the air force base and onto the wrong side of the road in her Volvo, where she collided with Dunn head-on.

Dunn was transported to the hospital with multiple injuries and died, the Daily Mail reported.

Northamptonshire Police Superintendent Sarah Johnson said investigators met with the woman and her attorneys the day after the wreck and the diplomat’s wife said she had no plans to leave the United Kingdom, NBC News reported.

“During the course of that meeting we were aware that diplomatic immunity had been raised as an issue, we then made immediate application for a waiver in order for us to undertake further investigations and interview," Superintendent Johnson explained.

She said they sought a waiver from the U.S. Embassy to interview a person with diplomatic immunity before they sat down to talk with the woman, NBC News reported.

But the superintendent said that the waiver request was ultimately declined and police were informed on Sept. 16 that the driver of the Volvo that killed Dunn had returned to the United States.

"Due process was also followed in seeking the necessary documentation to allow for the arrest and formal interview of the suspect, and the force is now exploring all opportunities through diplomatic channels to ensure that the investigation continues to progress," Superintendent Johnson told NBC News in an email.

Diplomatic immunity protects foreign diplomats from lawsuits and criminal prosecution in the country where they are working.

The home country can waive diplomatic immunity but the United States has elected not to do so in this case, the Daily Mail reported.

“'We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the family of the deceased in the tragic Aug. 27 traffic accident involving a vehicle driven by the spouse of a U.S. diplomat assigned to the United Kingdom,” the U.S. Department of State said in a written statement. “We can confirm the family has left the U.K. Any questions regarding a waiver of immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive careful attention at senior levels.”

Dunn’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have demanded that the United States return the woman believed to have killed their son to England to face charges, the Daily Mail reported.

President Donald Trump invited the couple to meet with him in the White House in October, but Dunn’s parents refused to meet with Sacoolas, who was waiting in the next room during their visit, the San Francisco Gate reported.

The charges filed by British prosecutors on Dec. 20 only served to solidify efforts by the United Kingdom to extradite Sacoolas back to England.

“I welcome the taking of a charging decision, which is an important step towards justice for Harry and towards solace for his family, but it is not the end,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday, according to The Washington Post. “I hope that Anne Sacoolas will now realize the right thing to do is to come back to the UK and cooperate with the criminal justice process.”

But the U.S. Department of State has given no indication that the United States has even considered waving immunity for Sacoolas.

“We express our deepest sympathies and offer condolences to the Dunn family for their loss,” a spokesperson for the agency said Friday. “We will continue to look for options for moving forward. We are disappointed by today’s announcement and fear that it will not bring a resolution closer. … We do not believe that the UK’s charging decision is a helpful development.”

Comments (24)
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oldbat
oldbat

send the bitch to get her punishment. she had no diplomatic immunity

hoss377
hoss377

Unfortunately it happens in the U.S. all the time,some Saudi princes kid drugs,rapes,or kills someone and the next second they're out of the country

JBoH
JBoH

"Accident"?

An accident is when you crap your pants. Driving on the wrong side of the road isn't an accident. Killing someone while driving on the wrong side of the road is not an "Oops...my bad" moment.

walkintall
walkintall

Waiving diplomatic immunity in any case sets a horrible precedent. I'm with the department of State on this.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

"Waiver of Immunity Diplomatic immunity can be waived only by the government of the official’s home country. In most cases, this happens only when the official commits or witnesses a serious crime not related to their diplomatic role. Many countries are hesitant or refuse to waive immunity, and individuals cannot—except in cases of defection—waive their own immunity.

If a government waives immunity to allow the prosecution of one of its diplomats or their family members, the crime must be serious enough to make prosecution in the public interest. For example, in 2002, the Colombian government waived the diplomatic immunity of one of its diplomats in London so he could be prosecuted for manslaughter."

So the question we have to ask our government is...

HAS OUR MORAL COMPASS SUNK BENEATH THAT OF COLUMBIA?

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

if the dumb cunt stayed to face the music, she would have been able to work it out, pay a settlement to the family and not be able to drive while there. but no!!! she ran back home right after it happened. NO SYMPATHY for this bitch! send her back and give her the the MAX 14yr sentence! she now can thank the US government for encouraging and helping her to run! now she has an international warrant out on her.

Mrs10
Mrs10

She's not the villain here.

First, She is not in her own country and was facing an unfamiliar system with international political ramifications. That's WHY Diplomatic Immunity is such an important concept. We extend it to the UK for the same reason they do to us - it's to protect diplomats from being used as pawns by threatening false arrest.

Next, She has lawyers. And you know The State Department is calling the shots here as well.

All accounts are this was accidental, not purposeful or malicious. It was dark and she pulled out the wrong way. It's sad but it happens. Here at home she'd not go to jail and especially not for 14 years based on the theory of the crime at this present time.

So you add all that up and you'll see it's a lot more complicated than ducking civil law procedures. She was under ZERO obligation to stay in the UK and yet it would've helped to look more cooperative, more helpful. I'm betting she and her family didn't actually want to have to leave - just see how bad it's making her look? So again this says there are much bigger fish being fried on this one.

That or she's being set up as a fall for some political purpose. Again, it's hard to know so having that immunity is imperative to the diplomatic process.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I don't blame the UK for attempting to extradite the diplomat's wife. however, diplomatic immunity does apply here. It is frequently abused by diplomats within the US. Charge her with the crimes here, and let her stand trial in the US, where she will get a fair trial.

It's a very poor precedent to rescind diplomatic immunity from a US citizen while permitting foreign diplomats to do whatever they want without any consequences.

Raymelson
Raymelson

No surprise here she's a Democrat. Nuff said