BRITAIN and the US have agreed to ‘plug the loophole’ that allowed Harry Dunn’s alleged killer to claim diplomatic immunity.
Anne Sacoolas — wife of a diplomat at RAF Croughton, Northamptonshire — fled the UK after being involved in a crash that caused 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry’s death last August.
The 42-year-old claimed diplomatic immunity from prosecution even though staff at the base had signed waivers agreeing that it did not apply to them outside of work.
Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said yesterday that this ‘anomaly’ had been ended so family members of diplomatic staff will face justice ‘should these tragic circumstances ever arise again’.
Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles called it a ‘huge step forward’, adding: ‘One of our aims was to ensure that no other family can suffer the way we have. Harry would be very proud of us but we’ve still got a long way to go — we still have to get Anne Sacoolas back.’
Mr Raab raised the case during a meeting with visiting US secretary of state Mike Pompeo this week.
Northamptonshire Police said yesterday it had not abandoned efforts to ensure Mrs Sacoolas faces court. But the US has refused to extradite her.