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US denies UK request for extradition of American diplomat Anne Sacoolas who fled UK after killing British teen

The United States of America has denied an extradition request for Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat who killed British teenager Harry Dunn last August due to reckless driving.

Spokesman for the family confirmed U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had denied an extradition request.

The U.S. said in the statement. “At the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the UK, the U.S. citizen driver in this case had immunity from criminal jurisdiction.”

Sacoolas was formally charged with murder in December for allegedly hitting 19-year-old Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire, in central England. Sacoolas was charged by the Crown Protection Service with causing death by dangerous driving.

Harry Dunn, 19, was riding a motorcycle on August 27 when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Sacoolas that was traveling on the wrong side of the road in Croughton, central England.

Croughton is home to a Royal Air Force station controlled by the US Air Force and after the accident, Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and left the country.

Sacoolas initially cooperated with investigators, but then fled to the United States claiming diplomatic immunity, which sparked a diplomatic rift between the U.S. and the U.K.

 

“The United States has a history of close law enforcement cooperation with the United Kingdom, and we value that relationship,” the US State Department spokesperson said.

“The United States government again expresses its sincere condolences and sympathy to the Dunn family for the loss of their son.”

After word of the U.S. decision, the British government condemned the decision.

“We are disappointed in this decision which appears to be a denial of justice,” the British government said in a statement. “We are urgently considering our options.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, reacting to the US’ decision said: “I called the US Ambassador earlier to express the government’s disappointment about this decision. We feel this amounts to a denial of justice, and we believe Anne Sacoolas should return to the UK. We are now urgently considering our options.

I also explained that the UK would have acted differently if this had been a UK diplomat serving in the US.”

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