State Department officials have not informed the Northamptonshire police that Harry Dunn’s alleged murderer would return to the US after the crash in which he died, it was alleged – despite the fact that the police were responsible for determining whether they had diplomatic immunity.
Sacoolas received diplomatic immunity and fled nearly three weeks after the car she was driving from Britain collided with 19-year-old Harry’s engine outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27.
When the State Department was informed that she would return to the US – despite being investigated in connection with the crash – officials did not pass the information on to Northamptonshire police, who were responsible for determining whether they had diplomatic immunity.
It’s because Harry’s parents say they can’t prosecute their son’s alleged killer because of a delay in the police handing over an investigation report. It is also alleged that Sacoolas – who has refused to extradite the US to the UK – would be ‘desperate’ to return to Britain to meet Harry’s parents, but does not surrender to the police.
Anne Sacoolas (photo back in the US) received diplomatic immunity and fled nearly three weeks after the car she drove from Britain reportedly collided with 19-year-old Harry’s engine outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27
Harry Dunn’s parents (pictured) have alleged that they are unable to prosecute their son’s alleged murderer due to a delay in police investigation report submission.
In the days following Harry Dunn’s death, police said the State Department told them Anne Sacoolas had immunity and they would ask for an exemption. But over the next two weeks, Northamptonshire police said they were not told about discussions in the UK about the legality of that immunity, according to ITV News.
On Friday, September 13, two senior officials from the State Department met with colleagues from the U.S. Embassy who said diplomatic immunity would not be lifted and that the Sacoolas family would return to the U.S. the next day unless the UK had strong objections – which officials say they have expressed.
The next day, a senior secretary of state affairs reportedly sent a text message to their US embassy counterpart: “I think it has now been decided not to forgo [immunity] there are not many miles in us asking you to keep the family here. Obviously we are not approving their departure, but I think you should feel like putting them on the next flight … “
On Sunday September 15, Anne Sacoolas and her family flew back to America. Northamptonshire police reportedly found out that she had been in a foreign office the next day.
According to documents from ITV News, the senior detective remembers that Anne Sacoolas had contacted State Department officials days before departure asking if there was anything to stop her and her family from going.
Harry Dunn’s mother Charlotte Charles and stepfather Bruce Charles left the London Department of Justice late last year
Charlotte Charles, Harry Dunn’s mother, says she’s shocked at revelations.
“I’m really mad,” she said. “It’s just unbelievable that given how many times we’ve met them, they met them. We should have grieved well the first few months
“We should have had the chance and we deserved the truth.
“To send that in an SMS. I mean seriously who the hell did we run our country? ‘
A month after the text – on October 21 last year – Dominic Rabb gave this report of the reaction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the announcement of the departure of Anne Sacoolas.
“We duly and immediately objected in clear and strong terms and we have done so ever since.”
ITV News has seen an email from the State Department copy to Dominic Rabb’s private secretary three days after the crash describing what happened. It shows concern about the potential for ‘some very unpleasant headlines’.
Harry Dunn is said to have turned 20 last month. His birthday this year fell on Mother’s Day.
His mom said, “Ever since birthday … you know every day that he always turns 19. The plans he had will never happen. When the birthday is round, he always turns 19. ”
When asked if she could ever trust the Secretary of State in light of the recent revelations, Ms. Charles said, “Never, nor his team. I will never trust them again. As far as I am concerned, he must completely revise the position he holds. ‘
Tim Dunn, Harry’s father, added: “I felt from the start that they lied and they screwed up. We need to know the truth for Harry. He was a good boy and he deserves it. ‘
Radd Seiger, family advisor and spokesperson for Harry Dunn added, “It is now crystal clear that the State Department and Commonwealth seriously abandoned Harry’s family after he died. There is no longer any doubt about it.
“Serious questions will have to be asked. By not passing any information and material about the ambiguity of Ms. Sacoolas’ diplomatic position to the Northamptonshire Police Department, which was responsible for determining whether or not she had diplomatic immunity, the FCO interfered in the police investigation of the case. It doesn’t get any more serious.
“Even worse, they allowed Mrs. Sacoolas to return to the United States when they had no right to do so, after agreeing with the United States government that she did have immunity.
Besides, they did their best to cover up all this. We will ask for a full investigation and possibly investigation, possibly a criminal, if we know the full truth. ‘
Harry Dunn’s family (left to right) mother Charlotte Charles, stepfather Bruce Charles, family spokesman Radd Seiger, father Tim Dunn and stepmother Tracey Dunn outside the London Department of Justice last December
He added, “We don’t know yet who was responsible for making these decisions. But let me be clear, given the damage and suffering this has caused to the family, we will find out and ensure that those responsible for this obvious misconduct are held accountable in public functions.
“We will not leave any stone unturned in our search for the truth, no matter how high in the chain, and woe to everyone who tries to get in our way.
“It’s high time the FCO came out clean, admitted their behavior, dropped their absurd defenses for the Judicial Review, and approached us to discuss openly and transparently what they are going to do to clean up this mess for the benefit of the family. It is the least they earn after everything they have experienced. ‘
An FCO spokesperson said, “We have been constantly pushing for Anne Sacoolas’ immunity to be waived before she left the UK. Both the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have been clear to the US that the refusal to extradite her amounts to a denial of justice and that she must return to the UK.
“We have the greatest sympathy for Harry’s family. We have done everything we can and will continue to do what we can to ensure justice is done. ‘
A Northamptonshire police spokesman said, “Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn are currently seeking a judicial investigation against the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Chief of Police for Northamptonshire. It would therefore be inappropriate for Northamptonshire police to comment further at this time. ‘
It’s because lawyers acting on behalf of Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn have said they requested an accident investigation in early January to prosecute a civil claim against 42-year-old American suspect Anne Sacoolas.
The family spokesman said the claim is essential to prevent “financial hardship” – adding that their financial position has been “repeatedly made clear” to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Northamptonshire police.
Sacoolas spoke to the police on the spot after crashing on the 19-year-old’s motorcycle while driving on the wrong side of the road last August. Her husband was an intelligence officer at nearby RAF Croughton, an American spy base in Northamptonshire.
But the mother of three flew home with her family for a formal interview or indictment, demanding diplomatic immunity.
Anne Sacoolas has been accused of causing the death of British teen Harry Dunn via Dangerous Driving. She is seen here leaving her home in a car in Virginia on December 15, 2019
Harry Dunn, pictured in January 2014, with his newborn niece Lola Harber. He died in a collision outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August
Mr. Seiger said the family is considering filing a petition with the court if they don’t receive the report by Friday.
A Northamptonshire police spokesman said they have worked with the family’s lawyers and the CPS to identify material that could be released “without prejudice to criminal proceedings.”
Sacoolas was charged with death from dangerous driving last year, but a request for extradition from the Interior Department was rejected in January by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Mr Seiger said the authorities are “conspiring to contribute to the family’s misery.”
He said, “Harry’s family have been trying to file their civil claims in the United States through their Washington DC attorney for several months.
“One of the documents that lawyers in America need is the police investigation report. We have been asking since the beginning of January.
“As the prosecution makes clear in its own guidelines, such requests for disclosure should generally be dealt with as soon as possible.”
Mr. Seiger continued, “The courts recognize the importance of families such as Harry’s ability to file civil claims early to avoid financial difficulties.
“As has been repeatedly made clear to the CPS and the Northamptonshire police, that is exactly the position the family is in.
“Still, we haven’t had the report all these months.
“That is unforgivable, and the authorities are now conspiring to add to the family’s misery as if they have not endured enough misery.
“We have made it clear that we will file a petition with the court in the coming days if it is not disclosed.”
In a statement, a police spokesman said, “After Harry Dunn’s tragic death, the Northamptonshire police opened a criminal investigation.
‘On 1 November 2019, a proof file was drawn up and handed over to the public prosecution service.
Since the crash that killed Harry, county police have said they investigated two other incidents involving Americans who are said to be driving on the wrong side of the road. Shown is an accident in the same area reportedly involving an American driver on the wrong side of the road
After considering the evidence, the prosecution authorized the Northamptonshire police to accuse Anne Sacoolas of causing Harry’s death through dangerous driving.
‘In December 2019, the CPS started an extradition procedure, which is still ongoing.
“We remain committed to ensuring justice through the UK criminal justice system and will not take measures that endanger it.
The family has filed a claim for damages against Anne Sacoolas in the United States.
“We want to support the family in that action and we’ve worked with the family’s lawyers and prosecution to identify the documents that can be released without compromising criminal proceedings.”
On Saturday, Harry’s parents begged the Chief of the Armed Forces to arrange a meeting with base chiefs after claims of “three near misses” involving their personnel. In a letter to General Sir Nick Carter, they wrote that the security base could not apply ‘beautiful insulation’.
Since the crash that killed Harry, county police have said they investigated two other incidents involving Americans who are said to be driving on the wrong side of the road.
Last week, there were claims that a third staff member had been knocked into a fence in a nearby village after driving on the wrong side of the road.
Prosecutors have said that Ms Sacoolas should be charged with death from dangerous driving, but the US has denied a request for extradition.
Last week, there were claims that a third staff member had been knocked into a fence in a nearby village after driving on the wrong side of the road. Shown is a sign for RAF Croughton – near the site of Harry’s crash
A British security agency who had been in contact with colleagues in America said, “We’ve been told she knows Harry’s family is cold, but she’s had sleepless nights since this tragic accident.”
Although Ms. Sacoolas previously said that she was “terribly, terribly sorry for that tragic mistake,” she did not meet Harry’s parents.
The divorced couple went to the White House last October to bring up the case with Donald Trump, but he tried to ambush them to meet Mrs. Sacoolas by revealing that she was in the next room.
Mrs. Charles, 45, of Charlton, Northamptonshire, and Mr. Dunn, 50, of nearby Brackley, were stunned and refused to see her.
The source told the Sunday Express, “She is still desperate to tell them personally how sorry she is.”
Any meeting would coincide with a trip to the UK later this year when Ms. Sacoolas will deliver a lecture at the Defense College of Intelligence in Bedfordshire.
In February, it was revealed that she had been a CIA agent but was not on active duty in the UK.