Sacoolas was charged in the United Kingdom with causing the dangerous driving death of a 19-year-old motorcyclist, Harry Dunn, last August.
The United States has refused to accept an extradition warrant, claiming that it enjoyed diplomatic immunity at the time of the accident. Her husband worked at a CIA spy base, RAF Croughton in Northampton.
She and her family left the country to the knowledge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs two weeks later. The Department of Foreign Affairs has admitted that it enjoys diplomatic immunity, a point disputed by lawyers working for Dunn’s family.
Boris Johnson and Foreign Minister Dominic Raab both demanded the extradition of Sacoolas, but political pressure did not get anywhere. Instead, Donald Trump suggested compensation and attempted to arrange a White House meeting between Sacoolas and Dunn’s parents.
Radn Seiger, a Dunn family lawyer, said Northamptonshire police had confirmed that Interpol’s notice had been issued, adding that it meant, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs, that it had no diplomatic immunity at the time of his initial arrest. “Red notices would not be served on valid diplomats,” he said. “It means she would be arrested if she tried to leave the United States.”
He continued: “It is time for her to return to the UK and on behalf of the family, I urge the authorities in London and Washington to do so. It’s time to do the right thing. He said she would get a fair trial in the UK.
Seiger said: “This is a monumental scandal. The British government knows this and that’s why Harry’s parents were treated like lepers. The two governments were and are terrified that it will all come out. Well, thanks to the free press, it did. Parliament must now launch an in-depth investigation into what happened. “
Seiger is particularly angry that the Department of Foreign Affairs, in the days following the accident, agreed with American lawyers that Sacoolas enjoyed diplomatic immunity, when this claim was arguable at best in court.
A red notice has been described as a wanted notice for an internationally wanted person, but is not in itself an arrest warrant.
Interpol published nearly 14,000 red notices last year. It cannot compel law enforcement authorities in any country to arrest a person who is the subject of a red notice.
Each member country decides the legal value it gives to a red notice and the power of its law enforcement officers to make arrests.