Published: Sat, January 25, 2020
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

US Won't Extradite Diplomat's Wife Who Killed British Teen in Crash

US Won't Extradite Diplomat's Wife Who Killed British Teen in Crash

Britain on Friday rebuked the United States for refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife charged over a auto crash that killed a British teenager, calling it a "denial of justice".

The case of Anna Sacoolas has been a thorn in London's close relations with Washington, raising debates about the limits of diplomatic immunity in cases not related to national security.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the US ambassador in London to express British disappointment. "We are now urgently considering our options".

Dunn, 19, was killed while he was riding his motorcycle on August 27 when he collided with a Volvo XC90 driving the wrong direction in Coughton, a small city in central England, near a military base controlled by the U.S. Air Force.

Charlotte Charles, Dunn's mother, said said she will keep fighting to have Sacoolas returned to face a charge of causing death by risky driving.

"The United States has a history of discontinuance regulations enforcement cooperation with the UK, and we designate that relationship", the observation mentioned.

Speaking to Sky News about the refusal, the Dunn family said they were "struggling on through every day".

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo turned down the extradition request in an email to the UK Government on Thursday evening.

In a statement released on behalf of the suspect after she was charged in December, Mrs Sacoolas's lawyers said: "Anne will not return voluntarily to the United Kingdom to face a potential jail sentence for what was a awful but unintentional accident".

Boris Johnson had previously stated that the chances of the suspect returning to the United Kingdom were very low. He is now being tested severely.

Mrs Charles learned of the American decision to turn down Britain's extradition request in a late-night phone call from the Dunn family's lawyer Radd Seiger on.

"This is a corrupt and lawless administration that seems to intend to attack even its closest worldwide ally", Radd Seiger said.

Earlier, in a short statement, Mr Seiger said: "If Trump and Pompeo think this is an end to the matter, they have another think coming".

The first, a process which has already begun, is to pursue a civil claim against Sacoolas in the US.

His family have said they are "not surprised" by the rejection, but added that it will "not be a battle the U.S. government is going to win".

"The reality is they can't give a reason because there is no good reason", he said.

Alternatively, Sacoolas could waive the extradition and surrender herself to the United Kingdom authorities.

They said he was warm and welcoming - but they criticised the White House's attempts to engineer a snap meeting with Sacoolas, who was in a room next door with press photographers.

The Sacoolas case has sparked controversy in Britain, in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he did not believe "it could be right to use the diplomatic immunity process for this kind of purpose".

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