Almost six months after the dying of her 19-year-old son Harry, Charlotte Charles is pleading with President Trump to extradite the girl answerable for his dying again to the UK.
Dunn died in August when an SUV pushed by Anne Sacoolas, the spouse of an American diplomat, collided along with his motorbike. Sacoolas was driving on the fallacious facet of the street however evaded fees by declaring diplomatic immunity and fleeing the UK.
“Do the right thing,” Charles urged President Trump in an emotional interview with Fox Information. “You don’t have any thought how a lot your coronary heart can break till you lose a toddler. She wants to return to the UK. President Trump is the one that may make that call. Finish everybody’s distress and do the humane factor.”
In a press release to Fox Information, Sacoolas’ lawyer Amy Jeffress mentioned Sacoolas stays “willing to work with the UK authorities to identify a path forward.”
“Anne is devastated by this tragic accident and would do anything she could to bring Harry back,” Jeffress added. “She continues to grieve for Harry and his family”
British press has reported that Sacoolas and her husband are each U.S. spies, with the Each day Mail reporting Sacoolas is a CIA agent. Fox Information couldn’t affirm these claims.
“It doesn’t matter to me what her job role was or is or who she was married to or who she’s employed by,” mentioned Charles, who added that Sacoolas has not reached out to her household. “She, unfortunately, took the life of our son. It doesn’t matter who you are. You face the justice system for that.”
The Crown Prince Prosecution Service charged Sacoolas with inflicting dying by harmful driving in December. The utmost sentence is 14 years’ imprisonment, though that is normally reserved for probably the most critical circumstances. Dunn’s household mentioned earlier than Sacoolas fled that they had no intention of in search of jail time and have been keen to barter, however now that call is as much as British prosecutors. “She would have been home by now,” Charles mentioned.
The UK government formally submitted its extradition request in January. which was rejected by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying it could make diplomatic immunity a “practical nullity.” In truth, the State Department called the UK’s request “highly inappropriate.”
Dunn’s household argues by refusing to extradite Sacoolas to the UK, the U.S. is violating the extradition treaty signed by each nations and the Vienna Conference.
“I’m angry at the fact that the diplomatic immunity cloak is being wrapped around her,” Charles said. “I’m angry that it’s being used to protect her when diplomatic immunity is not there for that. It’s there to protect diplomats when they are in danger in countries that may not be as equal in their justice systems as the UK and the US are.”
Charles informed Fox Information she feels deserted by each the U.S. and UK governments. Neither Prime Minister Boris Johnson nor Secretary of State Pompeo have personally reached out to the household.
“I’m disgusted,” she mentioned. “Your government is meant to look after you and protect you and fight for you and at the moment, I don’t feel that that has happened.”
Throughout the pond, British International Secretary Dominc Raab has been accused of deceptive Dunn’s household and dealing within the pursuits of the U.S. authorities.
Raab has been accused of being extra involved with kowtowing to the Trump administration, slightly than standing up for Dunn’s household. Final week, on the Home of Commons, Jeremy Corbyn, chief of the Labour Occasion, demanded Raab be fired. Charles mentioned Raab has supplied a fourth assembly with the household however she says she is reluctant to simply accept the invitation.
“We’re still without proof of what they are trying to do to help us,” Charles informed Fox Information. “And we’re getting to the point where we’re fed up with continuing to talk without any actions being put behind it.”
The most recent direct plea to President Trump, comes after the household met with Trump at a last-minute assembly in October on the White Home that the president mentioned Johnson requested for. They have been informed Sacoolas was within the room subsequent door and able to meet with them. Charles declined, calling the ambush “not appropriate” and on reflection she informed Fox Information, she thinks the assembly was meant to intimidate her into agreeing to drop her extradition request.
“I didn’t feel intimidated at the time. On reflection, clearly he [Trump] was trying to put the pressure on to get us to do what he wanted,” Charles mentioned. “He mentioned it not just once but three or four times. Tried to get us to realize that maybe the best thing to do would be to meet the “nice lady” as he put it.”
On the White Home, Charles mentioned she believed the president listened to her when she implored him to place himself in her sneakers.
“He took my hand and I grasped his hand,” she mentioned “and he mentioned that he would strive to have a look at it from a special angle.
Over the past couple of months each Trump and Pompeo have left the door open for a doable deal. In December, the president mentioned they “we’re attempting to work one thing out,” and in January Pompeo mentioned they have been attempting to “do everything we can to put this in the best place.”
Just lately, in New York Metropolis, Dunn’s household held a press convention alongside Lisa Bloom, an lawyer representing Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse accusers, to collectively suggest a swap may benefit both nations: Prince Andrew’s participation within the FBI’s Epstein investigation for the extradition of Sacoolas.
Each Pompeo and Raab have shot down the concept however Radd Sieger, a pal and spokesperson for the household, is extra optimistic.
“It would never be a straight swap,”Sieger mentioned. “But what I am proposing is that people on both sides of the Atlantic come together and make sure that no matter who you are, if you commit crimes abroad or accused of committing crimes abroad, or you can help police investigations abroad and you get on the plane and do the right thing.”
Dunn’s household is now mulling a civil lawsuit in Virginia.
“We’re not going to go anywhere. This campaign will keep going. It’s a simple right from wrong, in our view. It’s not difficult,” Charles mentioned. “She will go back to the UK. It doesn’t matter how long it takes us. We will make it our life’s work if we have to. It’s right from wrong. It’s as simple as that.”