Harry Dunn: London asks for the return of the wife of a US diplomat


The British government on Saturday urged the US authorities to “reconsider” their decision to allow the wife of a US diplomat involved in a fatal road accident in England to return to the United States without trial.

According to Sky News, the suspect of this incident in late August invoked diplomatic immunity and returned to his country.

“I called the US ambassador to express the UK’s disappointment with this decision and to urge the embassy to reconsider it,” Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said in a statement sent Saturday. AFP. He conveys “his condolences to the family affected by this tragic incident”.

Harry Dunn, 19, died in a motorcycle collision with a car near a Royal Air Force base in Northamptonshire, England on August 27.

The local police confirmed that a 42-year-old American woman, considered suspect in this case, had left the country although she had “previously confirmed that she had no plans to leave the country in the near future” .

The police “are now exploring all possibilities through diplomatic means to ensure that the investigation continues to progress,” said Sarah Johnson, police commissioner for Northamptonshire.

“We do not know how we can begin our work of mourning,” said the mother of the victim, Charlotte Charles, to Sky News. ” We have nothing. No justice. We have nothing to comfort our minds, we do not even know if she has remorse. “

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According to a Northamptonshire Police statement after the crash, a car “collided head on with a black Kawasaki motorcycle traveling in the opposite direction.” On Sunday, they confirmed “the car was being driven on the wrong side of the road.”

Harry’s father told him the TV channel was “disgusted” and “dismayed”. “I’m furious that someone can do that and then take a plane and leave,” he said.

In a statement sent to Sky News, the US Embassy in London conveyed its condolences to the family following the accident, which “involved a vehicle driven by the wife of an American diplomat working in the United Kingdom”. She confirmed that the family had left the UK.

“Any question regarding the waiver of the immunity of our diplomats and their family members abroad in a case like this is examined with great attention and at a high level,” said a spokesman. of the embassy, ​​in a statement sent to AFP.

He stressed that the immunity of American diplomats was “rarely lifted”.

“We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the victim of this tragic accident,” he added.

Andrei Santov

Andrei, a sociologist by profession, born in Russia but currently located in UK, covers mostly European and Russia-related news for The Talking Democrat.