Harry Dunn: Crash victim’s family to take Foreign Office to court

Harry Dunn
Harry Dunn died in hospital after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a Volvo

The family of Harry Dunn is to begin legal action against the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

The 19-year-old died in a crash outside RAF Croughton with a car owned by US citizen Anne Sacoolas, who later left the UK claiming diplomatic immunity.

Earlier the Dunn family held a meeting with human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC.

Family spokesperson Radd Seiger told Sky News: “The first action we will be taking is against the FCO.”

“We will be shortly issuing a letter of claim which is a prelude to a judicial review,” he added.

The family has also referred Northamptonshire Police to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Mr Seiger said: “We are absolutely clear that the Foreign Office’s decision to advise Northamptonshire Police that Mrs Sacoolas had the benefit of diplomatic immunity was unlawful and we will be seeking a judicial review of that decision to have it quashed.”

‘Deep concerns’

He also appealed for Mrs Sacoolas “to come back to this country and face the music.”

On Tuesday, Northamptonshire Police Chief Constable Nick Adderley said Mrs Sacoolas would be interviewed under caution in the US.

Officers from Northamptonshire Police are waiting for the necessary visas.

Mr Seiger said Northamptonshire Police had “not disclosed all the information this family are entitled to”.

“We have deep concerns about the manner in which this investigation was conducted, and simply adding insult to injury to this family at their darkest hour,” he added.

Mr Adderley had previously said Northamptonshire Police had at all times “acted with the upmost integrity and transparency”.

Radd Seiger
Image captionRadd Seiger (centre) said Harry Dunn’s parents Charlotte Charles (left) and Tim Dunn (right) are taking legal action after meeting lawyers in London

Mr Seiger said: “This family have a steely determination about them to ensure that Harry has not died in vain.

“I think the whole nation, the whole world now, is looking at this set of circumstances and it isn’t right.”

Mr Dunn’s motorbike was involved in a collision outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on 27 August. He died in hospital.

Mrs Sacoolas’ husband Jonathan is a US intelligence official who was working at the base at the time of the crash.

Both the British and US governments agree that by returning to the US, Mrs Sacoolas forfeited the right to diplomatic immunity.

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