On August 27, 2019, a teenage boy named Harry Dunn from Charlton, Northamptonshire, England was riding his Kawasaki motorcycle on the B4031 Road near the exit to RAF Croughton when he was hit by a vehicle driven by an American, Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a United States Government official. Mrs. Sacoolas was driving on the wrong side of the road when her car collided with 19 year old Harry.
Tragically, young Harry died of his injuries. Mrs. Sacoolas stayed at the scene of the collision and agreed to be interviewed the next day. However, whilst being interviewed, she claimed diplomatic immunity and the interview was suspended. The next day, the UK Government filed a request for an immunity waiver from the United States.
A few weeks later, the UK Government learned that not only would the US Government decline the immunity waiver, but also that Mrs. Sacoolas had been quietly, secretly spirited away back to the United States with the aid of the US Government a few days prior.
As the investigation into the collision progressed, it became clear that Mrs. Sacoolas does not, in fact, have diplomatic immunity. On December 20, 2019, the Crown Prosecution filed formal charges of causing death by dangerous driving against Mrs. Sacoolas and requested the US Government send her back to England. To this date, the request has been denied and Mrs. Sacoolas remains in the United States.
Meanwhile, the family and friends of Harry Dunn have been left in a painful limbo. Due to the US Government’s refusal to return Mrs. Sacoolas, Harry and his family have been denied justice and closure. The months since August have been a waking nightmare for them as they wait for the United States to do the right thing and send her back.
We, the American people, the citizens of the United Kingdom and people from around the world implore the United States Government to return Anne Sacoolas to the UK to face the charges against her if she will not willingly return herself. The American Government has never once denied an extradition to the UK and there is absolutely no reason to set that dangerous precedent now.
To continue to deny the family of Harry Dunn the justice and closure to which they are entitled; to continue to disregard longstanding extradition agreements with one of our most beloved and loyal allies; to assist someone charged with a serious crime by helping them evade prosecution is an egregious mishandling of law that must be corrected immediately.
Send Anne Sacoolas back to England.