Family cautiously optimistic about Mike Pompeo not ruling out Anne Sacoolas extradition

US secretary of state says governments are working together to find a resolution after meeting with Dominic Raab

Friday, 31st January 2020, 6:35 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 8:26 am

Harry Dunn's family were given a boost after the United States secretary of state did not rule out Anne Sacoolas returning to the UK when asked about the issue.

The White House rejected an extradition request from the Home Office for the American woman accused of killing the Northamptonshire teenager in a crash near Croughton.

Mike Pompeo said the British and American governments were working together to find a resolution after a meeting with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

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Harry Dunn

Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, said: "Dominic Raab has followed through on his promise to us.

"He made it clear to the secretary of state that he won't accept anything less than Anne Sacoolas' return.

"The Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, hasn't said that she will not return as he did before.

"But we're not going to stop, we're going to carry and keep pushing for her to come back."

Harry Dunn's parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn

Harry, 19, died in hospital after his motorcycle and Sacoolas' car, which was on the wrong side of the road, crashed near RAF Croughton on August 27.

Sacoolas flew back to the US claiming diplomatic immunity through her husband - a claim which is disputed by Whitehall.

Mr Pompeo has repeatedly said she would never come back but seemed to change his tune when asked about the case at a joint Q&A with Mr Raab in London today (Thursday, January 30).

The foreign secretary said he was furious with the US' refusal of the extradition request and made that clear to the secretary of state during their meeting yesterday (Wednesday).

Additionally, when asked if there was 'a deal to be done' between bringing Sacoolas back and Prince Andrew's involvement in the Jeffrey Epstein investigation, Mr Pompeo said: "I am confident each of these cases will be resolved on their relative merits."

Mr Raab added: "There is no barter, it's a rules-based approach. That's what the treaty does.

"We both see that the extradition treaty serves both sides. And we want to make it work. So, that's the approach.

"There is no haggle and no-one's raised Prince Andrew. Frankly, no-one has ever raised that with me."

But the secretary of state said: "Yes, now they have."

Prosecutors in the US claim Prince Andrew has not co-operated with the investigation into the late sex offender - the royal denies witnessing or suspecting any suspicious behaviour.