Harry Dunn’s smash death suspect named a fugitive by Interpol
INTERPOL has issued a “red notice” for the American woman suspected of killing the British teenager Harry Dunn.
Diplomat’s wife Anne Sacoolas, 42, could now be arrested if she leaves the US.
Northampton Police, which applied for the order, sent an email to Harry’s parents confirming they had been successful and that Sacoolas is now “Wanted Internationally”.
They added: “Should she leave the USA, the wanted circulations should be enacted.”
A red notice is not an international arrest warrant but it can request that law enforcement locate and provisionally detain a suspect “pending extradition, surrender or similar legal action”. The US has said it will not comply.
Harry’s mother Charlotte Charles said yesterday: “This is important news that has just been passed on to us, and we are in pieces.
“It’s been a terrible time for us. We are utterly bereft and heartbroken and miss our Harry every minute of every single day.
“I just want to urge Mrs Sacoolas to come back to the UK and do the right thing. Face justice and maybe then our two families can come together after the tragedy and build a bridge.”
Family spokesman Radd Seiger said of the notice: “It renders Sacoolas a fugitive on the run and it means that she would be arrested and returned to the UK the minute she attempts to set foot out of the USA.
“More importantly, it means that the British authorities have concluded that she did not have diplomatic immunity at the time of Harry’s death. Red notices would not be served on valid diplomats.
“I would urge the authorities in London and Washington and Mrs Sacoolas’ legal team to come together to return her to the UK to face the English justice system, where she will get a fair trial.
“I am sure that both families have suffered for far too long, and it is time for her to do the right thing.”
Harry, 19, was killed on August 27 when a car hit his motorbike near the US military base RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.
Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after it was alleged she was on the wrong side of the road.
She had been living at the base with her husband and three children. They moved to Virginia, near Washington DC, after she claimed diplomatic immunity.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused the British request for Sacoolas to be extradited to the UK.
Conservative MP David Davis said of the red notice: “Since the Dunn family were not seeking a custodial sentence, this just demonstrates the American’s handling of this has only made a tragic situation worse.”