Judicial review ‘to be launched’ into FCO advice to police, Dunn family says

The family of Harry Dunn are set to launch a judicial review into advice given by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to Northamptonshire Police over the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to the suspect in the teenager’s death.

Anne Sacoolas, 42, who is reportedly married to a US intelligence official, left the UK just days after the crash which killed the teenage motorcyclist on August 27.

The 19-year-old’s mother, Charlotte Charles, and the teenager’s father, Tim Dunn, told a press conference in New York that they felt let down by the decision to allow Ms Sacoolas – the motorist who allegedly collided with the teenager – to flee after the collision outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

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Undated family handout file photo issued by Northamptonshire Police of Harry Dunn. The family of 19-year-old Harry Dunn has said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has written to them to say a US suspect in the case does not have diplomatic immunity.

The family’s spokesman, Radd Seiger, told the PA News Agency that their lawyers, Mark Stephens and Geoffrey Robertson QC, are now prepared to launch a full investigation into the FCO over their involvement in the decision to grant immunity to Mrs Sacoolas.

Mr Seiger said: “What Mark and I are going to do, is we are going to write to the FCO very shortly, explaining that we don’t want to do a judicial review, but to avoid that please let us have the following documents – all e-mails, messages, notes in relation to your advice to Northamptonshire Police that this lady had it (diplomatic immunity).

“What we don’t know is whether somebody cocked up or whether they were put under pressure by the Americans to concede.

“We want to conduct an investigation into the FCO’s decision to advise Northamptonshire Police that this lady had the benefit of diplomatic immunity.

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(Left to right) Bruce Charles and Charlotte Charles (Harry’s mother), lawyer Radd Seiger, Tim Dunn (Harry’s father) and Tracey Dunn at a press conference at the Parker New York Hotel where Charlotte Charles said that Anne Sacoolas, the American woman suspected of causing her son’s death, should be brought back to the UK to face justice (Josh Payne/PA)

“If we’re not satisfied, then we’ll go to a judicial review and ask a High Court judge to review it all.”

Speaking at a press conference in New York on Monday, Tim Dunn said: Mr Dunn added: “Somewhere, somebody has made a decision to give this lady immunity.

“She’s not entitled to immunity as it’s been said and we’ve known that from the start.

“They made a mistake, someone has made a mistake.”

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