US President Joe Biden is “actively engaged” and “extremely understanding” in the case of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn, according to Boris Johnson.
The family of the teenager, who was killed when a car collided with his motorcycle outside a military base in Northamptonshire, has welcomed the issue raised in “the first available opportunity” with Biden, ahead of the G7 world leaders summit in Cornwall. .
When asked if the two men had made progress in discussing the case, which has turned into a serious international dispute, Johnson said he understood there were “limits” to what Biden could do.
“As you know, he has his own personal reasons for feeling the subject very deeply. And he was extremely understanding, but this is not something that either government can easily control because there are legal processes that are still ongoing, “he told the BBC.
“But he expressed a lot of sympathy, as indeed this government continues to do so for the Harry Dunn family.”
He added that both the US executive and the legal and judicial system were “working together.”
The teenager died in August 2019 after the car of a US citizen, Anne Sacoolas, collided with her motorcycle, moments after she left the RAF base where her husband worked for a US intelligence agency. Sacoolas’s attorney has since told a US court that she was working for the intelligence agency at the time.
Washington claimed it had diplomatic immunity, meaning there could be no criminal prosecution, and flew back to the United States days after the collision.
But the Crown Prosecutor’s Office disagreed and issued an extradition request, ordering the 43-year-old to face trial for causing Dunn’s death by dangerous driving, a crime that can lead to a maximum sentence of 14. years.
A Dunn family spokesman, Radd Seiger, told PA Media: “Harry’s parents are very pleased to see that the Prime Minister has taken the opportunity to raise the case with President Biden at the earliest available opportunity.
“This rightly shows how important this issue is and we are very grateful to the Prime Minister and his team for doing so.
“As all parties know, there is no greater force on earth than the love between a mother and her child. The family will continue to seek justice until it is done. “
A challenge to the diplomatic immunity asserted on behalf of Sacoolas, which was upheld in superior court in November, will be heard in appeals court next year, while the teenager’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, have filed a civil lawsuit against the suspect and her husband in the US state of Virginia.