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Harry Dunne’s family won’t ‘give up’ in fight for justice as Anne Sacoolas to face UK court


THE FAMILY of Harry Dunne has said they won’t give up in the fight for justice as Anna Sacoolas is set to face court in the UK.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced yesterday that the wife of a US diplomat will appear in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 18.

Anne Sacoolas, 44, will face Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 18

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Anne Sacoolas, 44, will face Westminster Magistrates’ Court on January 18Credit: Enterprise News and Pictures
Harry Dunn was killed in 2019 in a head-on smash near RAF Croughton

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Harry Dunn was killed in 2019 in a head-on smash near RAF CroughtonCredit: PA

It is believed the 44-year-old will attend by video link, but this is denied by the American’s lawyers.

Now ahead of the hearing the Dunne’s family spokesperson Radd Seigar has told how they will stop at nothing to get justice.

He told Good Morning Britain: “The overriding feeling is one of overbearing pain. His parents have spent two years campaigning for justice over his death.

“This was never about revenge but it’s a basic right to have accountability.

“The pain is etched all over his parent’s faces .

“To have to deal with this campaign on top of their loss is so difficult for them.

He added: “Charlotte, Harry’s mum, made him a promise on the night that he died that she would fight for his justice

“This is a message for everybody that you don’t have to take what the US government throws at you – don’t give up.”

In December 2019 Mrs Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving over the death of Harry, 19, in a smash near RAF Croughton on August 27 that year.

Mrs Sacoolas is understood to have been driving the SUV which was involved in a head-on collision with Harry.

She is understood to have left the US base at RAF Croughton and was allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road when she is said to have fatally hit the teen.

Ms Charles said her son was going to visit his twin brother Niall when he was killed in the crash.

The 44-year-old was able to leave the UK after diplomatic immunity was asserted on her behalf by the US Government.

The US embassy confirmed Mrs Sacoolas was behind the wheel of the car involved, and Northamptonshire Police have said the car was travelling on the wrong side of the road.

Since the incident, Mrs Sacoolas has been at the centre of a bitter row between UK and US authorities.

Mrs Sacoolas is the wife of US diplomat Jonathan Sacoolas who was stationed on the US intelligence base at RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire, in 2019. 

The military base is used by the US Air Force and processes around a third of all US military communications in Europe.

Washington has refused to extradite her despite appeals by both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

Former US President Donald Trump tried to engineer a meeting between Mrs Sacoolas and Harry’s parents Charlotte and Tim Dunn during a summit at the White House.

The family refused to participate in the stunt which was sprung on them during a meeting in October 2019 – later describing it as an “ambush”.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss tweeted: “Welcome news that Anne Sacoolas will face a UK court. We continue to support the family to get justice for Harry Dunn.”

A CPS spokesman said: “While the challenges and complexity of this case are well known, we remain committed to securing justice in this matter.

“Anne Sacoolas has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice any proceedings.”





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