U.S. denies Britain's extradition request for diplomat's wife
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U.S. denies Britain's extradition request for diplomat's wife
The United States has declined Britain's request for the extradition of a U.S. diplomat's wife who was involved in a car crash last year that killed a British teenager, the State Department said on Thursday.
The U.S. is refusing to extradite a diplomat's wife to the UK, after she was involved in a car crash that killed British teenager Harry Dunn last year.
On Thursday (January 23), the State Department said at the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the UK, Anne Sacoolas had immunity from criminal jurisdiction.
The statement said granting the extradition request ''would render the invocation of diplomatic immunity a practical nullity and would set an extraordinarily troubling precedent.'' Dunn's family has said Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road when she hit the 19-year-old on his motorbike near an air force base in central England.
Sacoolas left Britain shortly after the accident...and her lawyer said she would not voluntarily return to possibly face jail.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said Sacoolas was wrong to use diplomatic immunity to leave Britain and has urged U.S. President Donald Trump to reconsider the U.S. position.
Dunn's parents met Trump at the White House in October.
Trump hoped to persuade them meet to Sacoolas, who was in the building at the same time, but they declined.
Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles appeals to US presidential candidate JoeBiden to "reconsider the US's position" on her son's alleged killer should hewin the election on November 3. Mrs Charles’s 19-year-old son was killed whenhis motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base inNorthamptonshire on August 27 last year. The US asserted diplomatic immunityfor suspect Anne Sacoolas following the crash and she was able to return toher home country – despite later admitting she had been driving on the wrongside of the road for 20 seconds before the teenager’s death. US Secretary ofState Mike Pompeo rejected an extradition request for 43-year-old Sacoolasafter the CPS charged her with causing Mr Dunn’s death by dangerous driving –describing the decision as “final”.
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