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UK family loses court battle in US diplomatic immunity case

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The parents of a British teen who was killed in a car crash lost a court battle with the UK government over whether their son’s alleged killer, an American woman, had diplomatic immunity.

The parents of a British teen who was killed in a car crash lost a court battle with the UK government over whether their son's alleged killer, an American woman, had diplomatic immunity.

The family has been seeking justice for 19-year-old Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike crashed into a car driven on the wrong side of the road outside a US airbase in central England last August.

The car's driver, Anne Sacoolas, left for the US several weeks after the collision.

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Charlotte Charles, mother of Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike was involved in an August 2019 accident in Britain with Anne Sacoolas, wife of an American diplomat, speaks at a news conference joined by family members Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in New York.

Officials said she was entitled to diplomatic immunity because her husband worked at the airbase.

Sacoolas, 43, was charged in December with causing death by dangerous driving, but the US State Department rejected a request to extradite her to Britain to face trial.

Dunn's parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, launched the court case to argue that Britain's Foreign Office wrongly decided Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity.

But two judges have rejected that, ruling that the American "enjoyed immunity from UK criminal jurisdiction at the time of Harry's death".

The teen's mother said she was determined to continue finding justice for her son.

She was backed by British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who said he stands with the family.

"We're clear that Anne Sacoolas needs to face justice in the UK, and we will support the family with their legal claim in the US," Raab said.

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Anne Sacoolas (left) and Harry Dunn.

Harry's mother has previously told nine.com.au the family would not stop their fight for justice.

"All of what we are going through now could have been so easily avoided," she said soon after Harry's death.

"We didn't want any of this."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/uk-family-harry-dunn-parents-loses-court-battle-in-us-diplomatic-immunity-case-driver-anne-sacoolas/1d84850c-4af1-497c-8be0-9a22a44eaf2d

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