Wife of US diplomat to face UK court over death of British teen
The wife of a U.S. intelligence officer will face British court proceedings in January over the death of teenager Harry Dunn, the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service said Monday.
Anne Sacoolas is accused of killing Dunn in a road crash near Northamptonshire after a car hit the teenager’s motorbike in August 2019. She left the U.K. shortly after the incident, after diplomatic immunity was asserted on her behalf by the U.S. government.
The Crown Prosecution Service authorized Northamptonshire Police to charge Sacoolas with causing death by dangerous driving in December 2019. But the subsequent extradition request for Sacoolas to be returned to the U.K. was rejected by the U.S. government, heightening diplomatic tensions between London and Washington.
Sacoolas will appear in court on 18 January 2022 at Westminster Magistrates Court via video link from the USA. If found guilty, the UK could seek her extradition from the US, although legal sources suggested another option could see her serve her sentence in the US.