British Authorities Charge Wife of U.S. Diplomat for Death of Motorcyclist

By R.J Johnson - @rickerthewriter

December 20, 2019

Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, has been charged by British authorities in connection with the death of British teenager Harry Dunn.

Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service Janine Smith said in a statement issued Friday that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, will be charged with "causing death by dangerous driving."

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Anne Sacoolas are now active and that she has a right to a fair trial," Smith said. "It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Extradition proceedings to bring Sacoolas to the U.K. for trial are now underway, the statement said.

It's now up to the U.K.'s interior office to consider the extradition request and decide whether to "formally issue this through US diplomatic channels."

Harry Dunn, 19, was riding his motorcycle on Aug. 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. The driver of the Volvo was revealed to be Sacoolas, who claimed diplomatic immunity in connection with the teenager's death and left the country before local police could interview her about the circumstances surrounding the accident.

Smith said in the statement that they had met with Dunn's family to inform them of the proceedings.

"I carried out my promise to one of my kids, the promise that I made that we would get that justice," Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles says in the video. 

Diplomatic immunity is afforded to diplomats and their families who live abroad, which allows them to avoid prosecution by local authorities for virtually any crime committed in the foreign country. However, 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations provides for home countries to waive a diplomat's immunity in special circumstances, which is what British authorities may request the State Department do for the fatal Aug. 27 incident.

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