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Harry Dunn death: Biden sympathetic over case, says PM Harry Dunn death: Biden sympathetic over case, says PM
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says President Biden is "extremely sympathetic"Prime Minister Boris Johnson says President Biden is "extremely sympathetic"
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he and President Biden are "working together" to end the row over whether Anne Sacoolas should face trial over the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he and President Biden are "working together" to end the row over whether Anne Sacoolas should face trial over the death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn.
Ms Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after the teenager died when her car hit his motorbike almost two years ago.Ms Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after the teenager died when her car hit his motorbike almost two years ago.
Speaking at the G7, Mr Johnson said the president was "extremely sympathetic" and "actively engaged" in the case.Speaking at the G7, Mr Johnson said the president was "extremely sympathetic" and "actively engaged" in the case.
Mr Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles said she "couldn't be more grateful".Mr Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles said she "couldn't be more grateful".
She said: "It means a tremendous amount that the first time that Mr Johnson gets an opportunity to meet President Biden face-to-face he raises Harry."She said: "It means a tremendous amount that the first time that Mr Johnson gets an opportunity to meet President Biden face-to-face he raises Harry."
Mr Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash outside RAF CroughtonMr Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash outside RAF Croughton
Mr Dunn died in August 2019 after Ms Sacoolas's car collided with his motorbike, moments after she had left the RAF base in Northamptonshire where her husband worked for a US intelligence agency. Mrs Charles added: "It's good to hear that it's being discussed at the highest of levels but we're clearly anxious to await further information and to see exactly where the comments made yesterday will lead to. Mr Dunn died in August 2019 after Ms Sacoolas's car collided with his motorbike, moments after she had left the RAF base in Northamptonshire where her husband worked for a US intelligence agency.
Mrs Charles added: "It's good to hear that it's being discussed at the highest of levels but we're clearly anxious to await further information and to see exactly where the comments made yesterday will lead to.
"My hope as always, my family's hope as always, is to ensure that I can complete my promise to Harry. We will not rest until justice is done."My hope as always, my family's hope as always, is to ensure that I can complete my promise to Harry. We will not rest until justice is done.
"This just seems to be another pretty significant development in getting towards that end goal, making sure justice is done.""This just seems to be another pretty significant development in getting towards that end goal, making sure justice is done."
The confirmation of talks comes after Donald Trump refused to intervene.
Crucially, it will raise hopes for Mr Dunn's family that Ms Sacoolas could still be stripped of diplomatic immunity in order to face a British court over the death.
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The confirmation of talks comes after Donald Trump refused to intervene.
Crucially, it will raise hopes for Mr Dunn's family that Ms Sacoolas could still be stripped of diplomatic immunity in order to face a British court over the death.
Anne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after Harry Dunn died in a collision with her carAnne Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity after Harry Dunn died in a collision with her car
Days later she flew home after Washington told London that she had diplomatic immunity - meaning there could be no criminal prosecution.Days later she flew home after Washington told London that she had diplomatic immunity - meaning there could be no criminal prosecution.
Those international rules protect officials and their families from unjust interference from host nations while they are stationed abroad.Those international rules protect officials and their families from unjust interference from host nations while they are stationed abroad.
The Crown Prosecution Service disagreed and issued an extradition request, saying Ms Sacoolas must face trial for causing Mr Dunn's death by dangerous driving, an offence which can lead to a maximum sentence of 14 years.The Crown Prosecution Service disagreed and issued an extradition request, saying Ms Sacoolas must face trial for causing Mr Dunn's death by dangerous driving, an offence which can lead to a maximum sentence of 14 years.
Former President Donald Trump's administration rejected the extradition request and refused to waive Ms Sacoolas' diplomatic immunity.Former President Donald Trump's administration rejected the extradition request and refused to waive Ms Sacoolas' diplomatic immunity.
Family spokesman Radd Seiger, flanked by Harry Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim DunnFamily spokesman Radd Seiger, flanked by Harry Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn
Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg at the G7 in Cornwall, Mr Johnson confirmed he and President Biden were now "working together" - although he stressed that "legal processes" had to be allowed to take their course.Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg at the G7 in Cornwall, Mr Johnson confirmed he and President Biden were now "working together" - although he stressed that "legal processes" had to be allowed to take their course.
"I have to say that you should really, when you get the chance, put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case," said the prime minister. "He has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue.""I have to say that you should really, when you get the chance, put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case," said the prime minister. "He has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue."
President Biden lost his first wife, Neilia Hunter, and their one-year-old daughter Naomi in a car crash in 1972 that had a lifelong impact on his political career and wider work.President Biden lost his first wife, Neilia Hunter, and their one-year-old daughter Naomi in a car crash in 1972 that had a lifelong impact on his political career and wider work.
Mr Johnson continued: "He was extremely sympathetic, but this is not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal processes that are still going on.Mr Johnson continued: "He was extremely sympathetic, but this is not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal processes that are still going on.
"I think the difficulty is that there are limits to what the executive can do with the legal, with the judiciary and the legal system, but both sides are working together.""I think the difficulty is that there are limits to what the executive can do with the legal, with the judiciary and the legal system, but both sides are working together."
While Mr Dunn's parents wait for the possibility of justice via a criminal trial, a senior judge in the US has given them permission to sue Anne Sacoolas and her husband, Jonathan.While Mr Dunn's parents wait for the possibility of justice via a criminal trial, a senior judge in the US has given them permission to sue Anne Sacoolas and her husband, Jonathan.
How the death of teenager Harry Dunn became a diplomatic struggle between the UK and USHow the death of teenager Harry Dunn became a diplomatic struggle between the UK and US