Published: Sat, January 11, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Home Office formally seeks extradition of Anne Sacoolas over Harry Dunn death

Home Office formally seeks extradition of Anne Sacoolas over Harry Dunn death

The move appears to have deepened tensions between the United Kingdom and USA over the incident.

However, the USA state department deemed the request "highly inappropriate", adding: "The use of an extradition treaty to attempt to return the spouse of a former diplomat by force would establish an extraordinarily troubling precedent".

Harry Dunn, 19, died in August after his motorbike collided with a auto driven by Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton, a British military base in central England used by USA forces.

The Dunn family has been adamant in relation to Sacoolas' extradition, and met with President Trump at the White House in October.

Dunn was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Oxford, where he died soon after, according to Northamptonshire Police.

Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.

"Following the Crown Prosecution Service's charging decision, the Home Office has sent an extradition request to the United States for Anne Sacoolas on charges of causing death by unsafe driving", a UK Home Office spokesman said in a statement on Friday.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement Friday, making clear that the government is standing by its notion that Sacoolas had immunity at the time.

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"It is the position of the United States government that a request to extradite an individual under these circumstances would be an abuse".

I understand the extradition request for #annesacoolas has now been delivered to the US Department of Justice here in Washington DC.

PHOTO: Floral tributes lay on the roadside near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire, central England, Oct. 10, 2019, at the spot where British motorcyclist Harry Dunn was killed as he traveled along the B4031 on August 27, 2019.

The U.K.'s Crown Prosecution Service has sent a formal extradition request to the USA, asking that the country return Anne Sacoolas to face trial for the killing of teenager Harry Dunn, according to Reuters. Sacoolas wrote a written apology to Dunn's family following his death.

Although Sacoolas first cooperated with British police, she later claimed diplomatic immunity under global law and returned to the United States - despite telling police she had no plans to do so. The teen died after a vehicle struck his motorcycle near RAF Croughton, a British military base that's home to a signals intelligence station operated by the U.S. Air Force. "The President, the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador in London and others in our government have all expressed honest condolences to the Dunn family for this tragedy".

She has since claimed diplomatic immunity.

He said despite everything the family are encouraged by the extradition request, calling a "huge step towards achieving justice for Harry".

Seiger noted that despite "unwelcome public comments now emanating from the United States administration that Anne Sacoolas will never be returned", the Dunns are looking ahead at the impending legal process.

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