The parents of a British teenager allegedly beaten and murdered by the wife of an American spy have arrived to meet the British Foreign Minister as they step up their efforts to have the woman return to Britain for justice to undergo.
Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles say they have been left in the dark after Ann Sacoolas, who allegedly killed their son Harry Dunn in Northamptonshire in August, fled to the US under cover of diplomatic immunity.
British authorities are trying to bring Mrs. Sacoolas, who is considered the wife of an employee of the US National Security Agency, back to Britain to be charged.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab meets Harry & # 39; s mother, Charlotte Charles, and father, Tim Dunn, today after talks with US ambassador Woody Johnson on Tuesday.
Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right), the parents of Harry Dunn, arrive today with their partners at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Harry & # 39; s parents say they were left in the dark after the driver who would have hit him had fled the UK
Harry, 19, was killed in a car accident in Northamptonshire, allegedly caused by the wife of the diplomat
Before he met the American ambassador, Raab raised the matter in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
After Tuesday's meeting, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said: “The Foreign Minister today met the US ambassador and urged the US to reconsider its position and do the right thing through the family of Harry Dunn. & # 39;
Mrs. Sacoolas's husband, Jonathan, works at RAF Croughton, who use American intelligence services
Mrs. Charles told Sky News about the meeting with the Foreign Minister: & We have had the opportunity to meet Dominic Raab now and we have that meeting this afternoon. We really hope for some positivity.
# I hope he can see us as people who only need our British government on our side.
& # 39; If we get that positivity and get the breakthrough we need, we can actually take care of ourselves and our other boy – his twins.
& # 39; Until we get the positivity and answers we need, we are still in fashion just continuing with that fire in our stomach that still tells us that something is wrong. & # 39;
Mr. Dunn said: "Hopefully he will tell us the news that we want to hear – that they have the waiver of immunity and that she is coming back for justice for Harry."
Set up a crowdfunding page for Harry & # 39; s family to promote their & # 39; and to help Harry & # 39; s twin brother Niall, reached his £ 10,000 goal on Tuesday and has since passed £ 15,000.
Earlier today, human rights lawyer Mark Stephens insisted today that, if Mrs Sacoolas was not returned to the UK, Harry & # 39; s parents could take civil action in the US
Harry & # 39; s parents, Charlotte and Tim, may be forced to go to the US to get answers
Stephens said to BBC Breakfast: "Immunity does not apply in the home country, so even if the Foreign Ministry is correct and Mr. and Mrs. Sacoolas were entitled to immunity then, in those circumstances, when they are back in America, immunity no longer applies.
& # 39; The family can go to America and sue Mrs. Sacoolas in that country because she will not have immunity in America or any other third country. & # 39;
He said that if the UK government fails to return Ms. Sacoolas to the UK, the government should finance legal action in the US to enforce the & # 39; human right & # 39; of Harry & # 39; s parents to find out how he died.
Stephens added: & # 39; If the only way to do that (get answers) is to go to the US to sue Mrs. Sacoolas, it would not be money, it would be the explanation where she asked for, heard from her, what happened at those last moments. & # 39;
Harry went to his father's house when he collided with Mrs. Sacoolas's Volvo XC90 outside RAF Croughton, an American intelligence center in Northamptonshire.
Police said Mrs. Sacoolas – who has violated her name in America – had traveled 400 meters on the wrong side of the road when she collided with Harry & # 39; s engine on August 27 at 8:30 PM.
Mrs. Sacoolas initially worked with the police after being told that Harry had died, but later fled to the US with her husband and three children, citing immunity because of her husband's job at the base.
It came as:
- Foreign Minister Dominic Raab met US ambassador Woody Johnson to ask the US to reconsider its position and do the right thing through the family of Harry Dunn & # 39 ;;
- America was accused of hypocrisy after it appeared that US Department of Foreign Affairs' own guidelines say that diplomatic immunity should not be extended to those who & # 39; serious or repeated offenses & # 39; committed in the US;
- The Northamptonshire police would submit a file of evidence to the Public Prosecution Service;
- Harry & # 39; s family raised £ 10,000 through GoFundMe to travel to the US.
Mrs. Charles, 44, will relapse without any sign that her family will travel to Washington if necessary, hoping to speak with President Trump.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy have confirmed that Mrs. Sacoolas's husband and his family are entitled to immunity.
Mrs Charles believes that their immunity should be waived because the crime was potentially serious and involved the loss of a life.
In a direct appeal to Mr. Trump, she urged him to try & look at it from our point of view and our heartache & # 39; and she said she hoped he could help bring Mrs. Sacoolas back to the UK for justice and & # 39; to help us start mourning again & # 39 ;.
Harry & # 39; s parents started a round of interviews yesterday, including an appearance on ITV & # 39; s this morning.
Harry & # 39; s father Tim has told in a devastating way how he rocked his dying son down the road. Dunn, head of maintenance at an independent school, was called on the scene of a collision by a firefighter, a family friend who recognized Harry.
Mr. Dunn, who described Harry as & # 39; the center of the family and a great boy & # 39 ;, asked the police if the driver had been injured and was told that she was fine. Harry suffered several horrific injuries and died in the hospital.
The crash occurred in August outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire (photo) – an American intelligence center in Great Britain
Boris Johnson said it & # 39; not good & # 39; is to use immunity in this way and has promised to raise the matter with Mr Trump if it is not resolved.
Mrs. Charles, who works in a general practice, said the family did not want to see Mrs. Sacoolas in prison – just to talk to her and close the case.
She added: & We will not stop … diplomatic immunity is there to protect the diplomat and / or their family when they are in danger – it is not there to protect them when they commit such serious crimes & # 39;
She also said that Harry & # 39; s twins, Niall, & # 39; devastated & # 39; was and tried to rediscover & # 39; who he is & # 39; after the death of his brother.
There are around 23,000 people who are entitled to diplomatic immunity in the UK. In 2017, 26 crimes were said to have been committed by people with immunity. Five of these were row-related.
The Sacoolas family is said to have lived in a rented house in a village less than two miles from the scene of the tragedy.
Mrs. Sacoolas briefly sent the couple's children to Winchester House School, where Harry & # 39; s father worked as a caretaker.
Why are Americans at RAF Croughton in the UK?
RAF Croughton is an air force base currently rented by the US government.
It houses the 422th Air Base Group, but is also used by spies who work for the Joint Intelligence Operations Center Europe (JIOCEUR).
JIOCEUR is a military intelligence analysis center that is part of the Defense Intelligence Agency. The agency is an external government branch that provides information to & # 39; war hunters, defense policy makers, and troop planners in the Ministry of Defense and the Intelligence Community & # 39 ;.
The RAF Croughton entrance is displayed. Sacoolas left the base when she turned on the wrong side of the road on August 27
It provides intelligence information for the American European and African commands as well as NATO.
The center is located in RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire, but after the 2015 announcement that it would close in 2023, many of the positions were relocated to Croughton.
There are plans to consolidate it with the US Africa command to create a larger station in Croughton that will be known as the Joint Intelligence Analysis Complex – a major US intelligence gathering center.
According to the locals in Croughton, the communication center – where the husband of Sacoolas would work – is a & # 39; site within the & # 39; which has its own separate protection.
The US government is reconsidering the move after encountering resistance from lawmakers who said it would be too expensive.
A file photo of a geodesic dome with radar scanners and satellite dishes at the base. It is a intelligence gathering point that the US Defense Intelligence Agency uses to gather information from Europe and Africa
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