UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that US President Joe Biden expressed a “great deal of sympathy” over the case of Harry Dunn, a British teenager who died after being hit by a automobile pushed by a US diplomat’s spouse.
Anne Sacoolas, the driver, claimed diplomatic immunity and left the UK after the crash outdoors RAF Croughton, a central England navy base managed by the US Air Force.
Britain’s try to extradite Sacoolas to face expenses of inflicting demise by harmful driving was declined by US authorities, and the incident has sparked an ongoing diplomatic spat between the two international locations.
In a press release to NCS, a Downing Street spokesperson stated the “tragic” difficulty was raised with Biden and stated Johnson “reiterated” that the UK “wants to see justice for the family.”
“He has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue,” Johnson informed the BBC. Biden’s first spouse and an toddler daughter have been killed in a automobile crash in 1972.
“He was extremely sympathetic, but this is not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal processes that are still going on,” Johnson added.
Last 12 months, the UK and US agreed to revise an “anomaly” that allowed Sacoolas, the spouse of a former US diplomat, to depart Britain. Under the phrases of the revised settlement, members of the family of employees primarily based at RAF Croughton will not be given immunity from prison jurisdiction and will face prison prosecution the place relevant.
In a press release, Dunn’s mom Charlotte Charles stated Thursday that they have been “incredibly grateful” that the case was being taken “so seriously as to be raised on the eve of the G7 meeting.”
“We very much hope that President Biden takes a different view to the previous administration given his deeply personal connection to the case having suffered loss in similar circumstances,” the assertion from the household’s lawyer Radd Seiger stated.
The White House declined to touch upon the dialog, however a spokesperson for the National Security Council informed NCS, “We again offer our sincere condolences and sympathy to the Dunn family for the loss of their son. This was a tragic accident. The United States has remained closely engaged with the UK government, and we have been transparent about our positions on legal and diplomatic matters concerning this accident.”
Some extra context: Former President Trump as soon as tried to intervene in Dunn’s case, even assembly along with his mother and father at the White House in October 2019. Dunn’s mother and father have been caught off guard when Trump informed them Anne Sacoolas was in room subsequent door. Dunn’s mother and father rejected Trump’s provide to fulfill along with her.
NCS’s Kaitlan Collins and Zahid Mahmood contributed reporting to this submit.