Dominic Raab urges US to reconsider immunity for diplomats wife involved in fatal crash

8 October 2019, 20:36

19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn was killed near to the RAF base
19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn was killed near to the RAF base. Picture: Northamptonshire Police / PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

The foreign secretary's urged America to reconsider granting immunity to a diplomat's wife who's accused of causing a fatal car crash in Northamptonshire.

It's understood the husband of an American woman granted diplomatic immunity following a fatal car crash wasn't registered as a diplomat in the UK.

Anne Sacoolas left the country after a collision in Northamptonshire in August which killed 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn.

But her husband's name doesn't appear on the official British government register of diplomats, and questions have now been raised about whether she's entitled to immunity.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, has met the US ambassador Woody Johnson. Mr Raab has also spoken to his American counterpart Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

A Foreign Office spokesman said Mr Raab had "reiterated his disappointment with the US decision and urged them to reconsider".

The Foreign Office is also playing down suggestions her husband wasn't a registered diplomat in the UK.

Meanwhile, an online crowdfunding page set up to help Harry Dunn's family has already reached its £10,000 target.

Harry's father, Tim Dunn told the media: "With Boris Johnson saying what he did, it was nice to feel actually we were getting the support we were trying to get.

"Maybe President Trump will look at this and hopefully look in our favour."

Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, said: "We have spoken to some American news channels, we've got others lined up. The message is clearly getting out across there.

"The messages of support we've had from the US have been immense. They're all appalled and devastated for us and disgusted that this woman has been allowed to leave the UK."