The US government has requested that civil courts prevent the release of the job details of Harry Dunn’s alleged killer in the interests of “national security.”
The 19-year-old’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, filed a lawsuit against Anne Sacoolas and her husband after the teenager’s death in a traffic accident outside a US military base in Northamptonshire two years ago.
Sacoolas, 43, who had been driving on the wrong side of the road, claimed diplomatic immunity due to her husband’s employment at the base and returned to the United States about three weeks later. She was charged with causing the death of the teenager by dangerous driving, but the US State Department rejected an extradition request from the Home Office in January last year.
The US government filed the “protection order” in Virginia civil court on Friday. It asserts that “although the defendants were United States government employees at the time” of the accident, “the information about the United States government has little or no relevance to the adjudication of any pending matters in this case.”
Earlier this year, Sacoolas’ immunity claim was questioned after it emerged that she had been employed by a US intelligence agency at the time of the accident. When it first accepted its departure from the United Kingdom, the British government argued that the family of American personnel employed at RAF Croughton’s base in Northamptonshire enjoyed full diplomatic immunity. A 1995 treaty that covered the base said that only “administrative and technical personnel” would not be immune from criminal jurisdiction for actions beyond their functions. Downing Street said it had been notified to the UK as the wife of a non-functioned diplomat, and that it did not know that she was an intelligence officer.
The proposed order reads: “Broadly speaking, the United States seeks protection … because of the impact that the disclosure of information about the government in this litigation could reasonably be expected to have on national security.”
The motion requests that the court issue an order of protection “that precludes the discovery or disclosure of information in this civil action that implicates the United States government that is in any way, either directly or indirectly, related to the accused.” as well as anyone else. “Government employment.
Dunn family spokesman Radd Seiger has said they will tell the US government that the motion will be “vigorously resisted.” He added: “It now appears that Mr. and Mrs. Sacoolas have brought in their employers, the US government, to help them minimize what happened to Harry the night he died in an attempt to prevent him from both the family and the general public are aware of the situation. full truth “.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been pushing for Sacoolas to face a virtual trial for Dunn’s death, which could allow her to face some form of punishment in the US instead of being extradited. to the UK. The solution, which Seiger has welcomed as a breakthrough, was proposed during a meeting last month between Boris Johnson and Joe Biden. However, it is unclear whether the outcome could see Sacoolas face a possible prison sentence in the UK or the US, as Raab referred to a virtual trial or process.