Harry Dunn “Diplomat” Homicide: UK makes extradition request to US

Image copyrightJUSTICE4HARRY19 Harry Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash outside RAF Croughton

The Home Office has requested the extradition of a US woman to be charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of motorcyclist Harry Dunn.

Mr Dunn, 19, died after a crash in Northamptonshire in August which led to the suspect, Anne Sacoolas, leaving for the US under diplomatic immunity.

Extradition proceedings were started in December.

The Home Office said the matter was “now a decision for the US authorities”.

Mr Dunn died after his motorbike was in collision with a car owned by Mrs Sacoolas. The crash happened outside RAF Croughton where Mrs Sacoolas’s husband Jonathan worked as an intelligence officer.

video screen grab of Anne Sacoolas

‘No other way forward’

The 42-year-old left the UK and returned to her native US, claiming diplomatic immunity.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Following the Crown Prosecution Service’s charging decision, the Home Office has sent an extradition request to the United States for Anne Sacoolas on charges of causing death by dangerous driving. This is now a decision for the US authorities.”

When the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced extradition proceedings, US officials said it was not “a helpful development” and Mrs Sacoolas’ lawyer said she would not return to the UK.

Lawyer Amy Jefress said: “Anne will not return voluntarily to the UK to face a potential jail sentence for what was a terrible but unintentional accident.”

Anne SacoolasImage copyrightAIKEN STANDARD ARCHIVE
Image captionAnne Sacoolas pictured on her wedding day in 2003

Reacting to the extradition request on behalf of Harry Dunn’s family, spokesman Radd Seiger said: “Anne Sacoolas will come back. She has to come back. There is no other way forward. more…


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  1. Very little info here, none to explain why she ran. Did she abandon the accident scene? Was she under the influence of alcohol, or another intoxicant? If it was an honest accident there is no reason to flee, especially when fatal injuries resulted. Lock her up.

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