AN AMERICAN woman who fled the UK following a fatal car crash does not qualify for immunity because her husband is a spy who never registered as a diplomat, it was claimed yesterday.
Anne Sacoolas, 42, flew home after she was involved in a smash which killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn in August.
The teenager died after his motorbike collided with a car reportedly being driven on the wrong side of the road.
Yesterday, foreign secretary Dominic Raab met the US ambassador to plead for US intervention. ‘He urged the US to reconsider its position and do the right thing by Harry Dunn’s family,’ a spokesman said. Mrs Sacoolas is said to have sought diplomatic immunity from prosecution because her husband worked at RAF Croughton, a US intelligence hub which is near the scene of the crash in Northamptonshire.
It has emerged that Mr Sacoolas does not appear to be on any official diplomatic lists, raising doubts whether he or his family are entitled to claim the status, which is recognised under international law.
International lawyer Mark Stephens told Metro that claims the couple had diplomatic immunity were ‘balderdash’ and accused Mr Sacoolas of being a US spy. He said: ‘Anne Sacoolas was not entitled to diplomatic immunity and the reason for that is that her husband needed to register with the foreign office as a diplomat at the Court of St James.
‘Once he’s accepted then he gets diplomatic immunity, but he never went through that process.’ He added: ‘Mr Sacoolas is a spy — he’s not James Bond and it [Croughton] is not a secret base — but that’s what he is. And now his cover has been well and truly blown.’
If Mr Stephens’s claims are true, it means Mrs Sacoolas could be extradited to the UK if she leaves the US, or be pursued in the American civil courts by Mr Dunn’s family. The claims have also called into question Boris Johnson’s statement on Monday that Mrs Sacoolas was hiding behind diplomatic immunity.
Sky News diplomatic editor Dominic Waghorn said the PM had either been ‘misled’ by staff or had ‘not been entirely truthful’. The row broke out as a GoFundMe page set up for Mr Dunn’s family reached £10,000. His parents Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles told ITV’s This Morning they were determined Mrs Sacoolas would ‘face justice’.
Ms Charles said: ‘We won’t stop. We will go to Washington if we have to.’