Harry Dunn’s mother urges Joe Biden to agree Anne Sacoolas extradition deal if he beats Donald Trump
The mother of Harry Dunn has asked Joe Biden to reconsider the country’s position on extradition for the CIA official facing charges over her son’s death.
In a video message on Sunday, Charlotte Charles made an emotional appeal to to Mr Biden, who lost his eldest son Beau Biden to cancer in 2015, adding that her family needs justice in order to “help us on the path” to recovery.
Ms Charles’s 19-year-old son was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.
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After the crash, the US controversially asserted diplomatic immunity for Anne Sacoolas, a non-diplomat and reported CIA official whose intelligence officer husband was stationed at the base. Although the immunity claim has since been quashed, she was permitted to leave the country.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has since rejected an extradition request for Ms Sacoolas after the CPS charged her with causing Mr Dunn’s death by dangerous driving – describing the decision as “final”.
Interpol is reported to have issued a red notice for Ms Sacoolas, making her an international fugitive likely to face arrest if she leaves the US, but little can be done to extradite her from her own country without the support of its government.
‘Tearing us apart’
Ms Charles appealed to Mr Biden to “do your best to amend” the situation – saying Sacoolas “walking free” was “tearing us apart as a family”.
In her video message, she said: “I would imagine you are aware of Harry’s case and our campaign – we’ve been running it for a year now.
“Very, very sadly, a year on, Anne Sacoolas has still not been sent back here to the UK to face our justice system.
“I please urge you, should you win on November 3 to please reconsider the position the US has taken against us – and when I say us I don’t just mean myself and the rest of the parents, I mean us as the UK as well.”
Harry Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles, and stepfather, Bruce Charles outside the Ministry Of Justice in London after meeting with the Director of Public Prosecutions in December 2019 (Photo: PA)
She continued: “We never, ever expected to be in this position. We never thought the lady who is responsible for taking our son’s life would have been able to fly home to the US and evade as best she could the UK justice system.”
Describing her family’s emotions to Mr Biden, Mrs Charles added: “It’s tearing us apart as a family. We are not only trying to live without Harry every day – the pain now is far worse than it was this time last year because we are no longer numb and no longer in shock.
“So we have to live every day, knowing that Anne Sacoolas is still walking free, tucking her three children into bed at night, doing her everyday jobs and tasks – whilst we’re still sat here suffering.
“All we have ever asked of the US and her, is to just allow her to face the UK justice system. It’s totally and utterly morally wrong.”
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (Photo: Getty)
Ms Charles continued: “Justice is so important to us – it doesn’t matter what that justice looks like.
“All we ask is for her to face the UK justice system – that’s not too much for anyone to ask.
“I know you’ve lost a son yourself, albeit in different circumstances, but my heart goes out to you because of that.
“Any parent who loses a child never fully recovers – but getting justice can certainly help us on the path to doing so.”
Urging Mr Biden to take an interest in the case should he win the election on November 3, Ms Charles said: “We have many people in the UK who are extremely angry. We’ve always thought of the US as an ally and that seems to have completely fallen apart since they allowed Anne Sacoolas to return back to the US and walk away from what she’s done.
“Although we’ve had the anomaly amended, and no other family can go through what we’ve gone through, it still angers many, many people that there are so many US citizens working on UK soil.
“One US citizen has taken the life of my boy and is still not facing the justice system here in the UK for that. Please do your best to amend it.”
Additional reporting by Press Association