Harry Dunn's parents consider court case over diplomatic immunity of driver

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2019

The parents of a motorcyclist killed in a traffic crash that involved an American diplomat's wife took their case directly to US audiences Monday, holding a NY news conference at which they urged the woman to return to Britain.

Charlotte Charles, Dunn's mother, tearfully urged the diplomat's wife, Anne Sacoolas, to "do the right thing" and to "face us as a broken family", along with the United Kingdom legal system.

Dunn's parents have taken their case directly to US audiences this week, holding a NY news conference and urging the woman to return to Britain.

Mr Dunn died near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August.

"Having said that, as it's almost seven weeks now since we lost our boy, sorry just doesn't cut it".

Harry Dunn's grieving parents have called on the wife of the U.S. intelligent agent accused of killing the teenager to say if she comforted their son as he lay dying.

"Accordingly, regrettably, I am afraid that I am left with no other conclusion that this is an attempt by Mrs Sacoolas to salvage her position after the tragic collision and her family departing to the USA unannounced".

"She said she had many abusive phone messages and voicemails left on her phone".

The mother of three said she was "terribly, terribly sorry for that tragic mistake".

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In an emotional interview with CBS News' Gayle King, Charles and Dunn questioned why it had taken Sacoolas so long to offer to meet them and to offer her condolences and apologise for what she called in a weekend statement "the tragic accident". "We feel that statement should have come from her right at the beginning instead getting on a plane and running home".

"We realise she may not have been given any choice as such under this supposed diplomatic immunity cloak - which we're not even sure she did have", Charles said.

A Dunn family spokesman said if the advice was not disclosed they would launch a judicial review.

The victim's mother, Charlotte Charles, said she needed to know who killed their son to start the grieving process.

"We thought, let's get our cards on the table - but four times it has been ignored".

"So she's asking me to call off the media and I went back and said "actually, I don't think this is helpful to us - it's essential".

The Foreign Secretary was "cold" and "rude" to the family of Harry Dunn during a meeting about the teenager's death, their spokesman has said. Her lawyers said she would continue to co-operate with the police and the investigation.

Sacoolas left Britain under a claim of diplomatic immunity that has become a point of contention between the two countries.

In her statement, released through her attorney, Sacoolas, 42, said she was "devastated" by the death of Harry Dunn, 19, on August 27.

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