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UK scraps ‘loophole’ that allowed American woman accused of Harry Dunn’s death to claim immunity, in new deal with US

UK scraps ‘loophole’ that allowed American woman accused of Harry Dunn’s death to claim immunity, in new deal with US

UK scraps ‘loophole’ that allowed American woman accused of Harry Dunn’s death to claim immunity, in new deal with US

The UK government has removed a critical loophole which allowed American Anne Sacoolas – who is alleged to have caused the death of British teenager Harry Dunn – to claim immunity, in a new deal struck with Washington

In a written statement, Dominic Raab confirmed the UK and US had amended the “anomaly” after receiving fierce criticism from Harry Dunn’s family for failing to get justice for their son.

Raab said the new agreement allows for the prosecution of family members of diplomatic staff, “should these tragic circumstances ever arise again.” 

“We have secured the agreement of the US so that the Croughton arrangements could not in future be used in the same wat as in the tragic case of Harry Dunn.”

UK scraps 'loophole' that allowed Anne Sacoolas to claim immunity after the death of Harry Dunn

UK scraps ‘loophole’ that allowed Anne Sacoolas to claim immunity after the death of Harry Dunn

The US has refused to send back Anne Sacoolas, who was driving the car that reportedly crashed into 19-year-old Harry Dunn’s motorbike in August 2019. 

The move comes after Harry’s mother accused Raab of being a “lost child in an adult’s world” for failing to secure the return of Sacoolas to the UK to face the British justice system. 

Sacoolas went back to the US soon after the collision and subsequently claimed diplomatic immunity, provoking a row between London and Washington.

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