HIT-AND VICTIM Harry Dunn’s family are flying out to the US in a bid to confront an American diplomat’s wife who is suspected of being the driver.
Harry Dunn, 19, died on August 27 when his motorbike collided with a Volvo outside an RAF airbase in Northamptonshire.
The suspect, 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, was granted diplomatic immunity after the crash and she flew back to the States
On Friday, Boris Johnson said although Donald Trump was sympathetic towards Harry’s family’s views on the use of diplomatic immunity, the US are “very reluctant” to allow citizens to be tried abroad.
Mr Johnson said: “I think we’ve just got to keep working on that and see what we can do to get justice for Harry Dunn and his family.”
We will be flying to the US… and ultimately hope the US government see that it’s right to send Anne Sacoolas back to the UK to face our justice system
Harry Dunn's family
But a briefing note held in Donald Trump’s hands at the press conference today said Mrs Sacoolas would not be returning to the UK.
And now the family’s lawyer and spokesman, Radd Seiger, said Harry’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, are engaging lawyers to take a civil case against Mrs Sacoolas in America.
They are now preparing to fly out to the United States in their quest for justice.
In a post on the GoFundMe page, they said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and the support from all of you, and want to say thank you again personally from the bottom of our hearts.
“We couldn’t do this without you and value each and everyone of you!
“The individual comments and personal stories that have been coming into us have touched our hearts and we know that we are not alone.
“We wanted to share with you that on Sunday we will be flying to the US to continue our fight for justice4harry.
“We will be meeting with various news channels to spread our campaign with all of America and ultimately hope that the American government see that it is right to send Anne Sacoolas back to the UK to face our justice system.”
THE 1961 Vienna Convention makes foreign diplomats and their families immune from prosecution in their host country.
Those who hold that status cannot be automatically charged with a crime — but immunity can be waived by the state that has sent them following an appeal from the Foreign Office.
The immunity only usually covers those based in London, but a special deal with the US extended that to RAF Croughton.
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Meanwhile Harry’s auntie Katie Grant and family friend Nicola Watson said they would be launching a green ribbon campaign around the area where he lived in memory of the teenager and to pay for the legal fees.
Ms Watson said: “They are going up around our village originally but they will be going up around the villages surrounding us.
“Harry loved his green motorbike, that was his favourite – so we decided green was the colour to go for.
“It’s just so that people take notice and have a look.
“We’re writing ‘Justice for Harry’ on the strings of the bows – just to raise awareness and to get it back out there.”