Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, who fatally struck British teen Harry Dunn with her car and swiftly fled the country with a claim of diplomatic immunity, has been charged in the U.K. following months of public outcry.
Sacoolas, 42, retreated to the U.S. with her family following the Aug. 27 crash with Dunn’s motorcycle that police say was caused by her driving on the wrong side of the road.
The Chief Crown Prosecutor’s office said Friday that the process of extraditing Sacoolas to the U.K. was underway. Once returned, she will be charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
It’s unclear whether she could be forced back to the U.K. Diplomats and their families are immune from host country prosecution under international law, but British officials contend Sacoolas’ husband, Jonathan, an intelligence officer, wasn’t a registered diplomat.
The U.S. State Department, in a statement to Sky News on Friday, continued to assert Sacoolas’ diplomatic immunity and said the charges “will not bring a resolution closer.”
“We do not believe the UK’s charging decision is a helpful development,” the statement added.
Public outrage over the diplomatic immunity claim prompted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ask President Donald Trump to intervene, although he made no commitment.
Source: Huffington Post