Published: Fri, January 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Harry Dunn: US rejects extradition request for Anne Sacoolas

Harry Dunn: US rejects extradition request for Anne Sacoolas

The U.S. government has declined a request to extradite a U.S. diplomat's wife who killed a 19-year-old motorcyclist while driving on the wrong side of the road in England, a State Department official said.

Dunn died in August after his motorbike collided with a vehicle driven by Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton, a British military base in central England used by USA forces. She returned to the U.S.in October after reportedly telling police that she had no plans in the near future to leave the country.

In a statement, the State Department said Sacoolas extradition would set a troubling precedent.

Following the State Department announcement late Thursday in the US, a spokeswoman for Britain's Home Office called it a "denial of justice".

"We are now urgently considering our options", he added.

Sacoolas has been charged in the United Kingdom with causing death by risky driving.

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The Home Office submitted an extradition request for her, which the USA described as highly inappropriate.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger said the latest move had been "factored it into our planning and strategy".

Either way, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson decried Sacoolas' use of diplomatic immunity to leave Britain and has urged the USA to reconsoder its position on the matter.

Dunn's family said they would react fully to the news on Friday morning, but said "the fight goes on" for justice for their son. "This is not a battle the USA government is going to win". "The leaders agreed to work together to find a way forward as soon as possible".

Sacoolas was given diplomatic immunity and left Britain shortly after the accident. "And that can happen, you know. That happens. I won't say it ever happened to me, but it did".

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