US President Joe Biden is “actively engaged” and “extremely sympathetic” in the case of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn, according to Boris Johnson.
The family of the teenager, who was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside a military base in Northamptonshire, praised the issue raised during ‘the first available opportunity’ with Biden , ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders in Cornwall.
When asked if the pair 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. make.
“As you know, he has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue. And he was extremely sympathetic, but it’s not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal procedures that are still going on, ”he told the BBC .
“But he expressed a lot of sympathy, as this government continues to do for Harry Dunn’s family. “
He added that both the US executive and the legal and judicial system “worked together.”
The teenager died in August 2019 after the car of US citizen Anne Sacoolas collided with her motorcycle, moments after leaving the RAF base where her husband worked for a US intelligence agency. Sacoolas’ attorney has since told a U.S. court that she was working for the intelligence agency at the time.
Washington claimed she had diplomatic immunity, which means there could be no criminal prosecution, and she returned to the United States days after the collision.
But the prosecution disagreed and issued an extradition request, ordering the 43-year-old to stand trial for causing Dunn’s death by dangerous driving, an offense that can carry a maximum penalty. 14 years old.
A spokesman for the Dunn family, Radd Seiger, told PA Media: “Harry’s parents are very happy that the Prime Minister has taken the opportunity to raise the matter with President Biden. at the earliest available opportunity.
“It 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 this is done. “
A challenge to diplomatic immunity claimed on Sacoolas’s behalf, which was upheld by the High Court in November, will be heard in the court of appeal next year, while the teenager’s parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn , brought a civil action against the suspect and her husband in the US state of Virginia.