Wife Of US Diplomat Flees UK After Fatal Car Crash, Johnson To Ask Trump To Waive Diplomatic Immunity

Politico Europe reports:

Boris Johnson has urged the U.S. to reconsider giving immunity to the wife of a diplomat who is a suspect in a fatal road crash in the U.K. — and will raise the issue with Donald Trump if that doesn’t happen.

Teenager Harry Dunn died when his motorbike collided with a car near an RAF base in Northamptonshire on August 27, the prime minister’s spokesperson said on Monday. A U.S. diplomat’s wife, named as Anne Sacoolas, left the U.K. despite telling police she had no plans to.

Johnson told ITV News: “I do not think that it can be right to use the process of diplomatic immunity for this type of purpose. And I hope that Anne Sacoolas will come back and will engage properly with the processes of law as they are carried out in this country.”

The BBC reports:

Harry Dunn, 19, died when his motorbike collided with a car near RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August. The diplomat’s wife, named as Anne Sacoolas, left the UK despite telling police she did not plan to.

Nick Adderley, of Northamptonshire Police, has urged the embassy to waive her diplomatic immunity. He said he had appealed to US authorities “in the strongest terms”.

Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, said leaving the country was “such a dishonourable thing to do” and urged Ms Sacoolas to “come back”. His father, Tim Dunn, said they needed to get the truth.