Published: Mon, October 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police chief urges USA embassy to waive immunity after fatal crash

Police chief urges USA embassy to waive immunity after fatal crash

Police chiefs have written to the USA embassy in London to demand immunity is waived for an American diplomat's wife who is a suspect in relation to a fatal road crash.

The fatal accident occurred on a roadway in the village of Croughton, England, on the night of August 27, when a black Volvo XC90 collided head-on with a black Kawasaki motorcyle traveling in the opposite direction. Harry Dunn, suffered multiple injuries in the collision outside RAF Croughton - a USA intelligence base in Britain.

A spokesman for the US Embassy in London said: "Any questions regarding a waiver of the immunity with regard to our diplomats and their family members overseas in a case like this receive intense attention at senior levels and are considered carefully given the global impact such decisions carry".

It comes after Harry's mum, Charlotte Charles, called on Mr Johnson to use the UK's "special relationship" with the USA to help them get justice for their son.

A general view of flowers left in remembrance of Harry Dunn on the B4031 near RAF Croughton on October 7, 2019 near Brackley, England. Her name has not be released, nor has that of the USA diplomat. She added that the suspect "must return to the United Kingdom to face justice".

Under Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, families of diplomats are granted immunity from arrest or detention, with the sending state able to issue a waiver of that immunity. However, their immunity can be waived by the state that has sent them.

The U.S. Embassy in London offered its "deepest sympathies" to the family of the deceased and said it will continue to be in "close contact" with the appropriate British authorities.

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British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement Saturday that he has called the U.S. Ambassador to express his "disappointment".

Ms Sacoolas is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road.

Referring to the diplomat's wife, Mr Adderley told the BBC: "During the initial investigation we were given some assurances by the American authorities that she would co-operate fully with the police and. that she would not be leaving the community, and would not be leaving the country, and then the next minute we found out that, actually, she and her family had left".

Ms Charles said: "If we have to we will go to Washington". She's a suspect in a fatal accident and she's fled the country.

"It's not much to ask", the mother told Sky News.

Britain's leader said his cabinet was meeting with the U.S. ambassador in London - and he would raise the issue with Trump personally if Sacoolas continues to remain in America.

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