The woman accused of killing Harry Dunn was employed by an intelligence agency in the United States at the time of his death, a court heard.
Anne Sacoolas left RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August 2019 when she was involved in an accident with 19 year old Harry, who was riding his motorcycle.
she was drive on the wrong side of the road but claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the USA with her family.
Although Ms. Sacoolas was accused of causing Harry’s death a few months later through dangerous driving and a UK extradition request, she has refused to return.
US Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden both refused to send them back. The rejection of the extradition request by the USA is “final”.
Harry’s family has filed a civil damages lawsuit against Ms. Sacoolas, and their motion to dismiss the lawsuit is being tried in Alexandria District Court, Virginia.
Sacoolas attorney John McGavin said the suspect was “employed by a US intelligence agency” at the time of the fatal road accident – which was “especially a factor” in her departure from the UK.
Admission to their employment calls into question the diplomatic immunity asserted on their behalf.
Under the 1995 RAF Croughton agreements, anyone working as part of the “administrative and technical staff” on the ground from the US would be pre-immunized, meaning they would not be immune from criminal justice.
In a statement, however, a Federal Foreign Office spokesman said: “The British High Court found that Anne Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity in the country under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.”
Spokesman for Harry DunnRadd Seiger’s family told PA: “Given that Ms. Sacoolas’ attorney admitted in court at the time of the crash that she was employed by US intelligence at the time of the crash, the UK authorities urgently need to re-examine whether she has diplomatic immunity.
“You need to investigate as staff immunity was lifted early under the 1995 RAF Croughton Agreement.”
Mr McGavin said 43-year-old Sacoolas “fled” the UK for “security reasons” and could not “openly” explain the reason.
He added, “I know the answer, but I cannot disclose it.”
Mr McGavin said the suspect was “currently apologetic” and “took responsibility for the accident” but there was “fear” that she would not go to a fair trial because of “media attention”.
The case was adjourned until February 17th.