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Family of U.K teen killed by U.S. diplomat’s wife want her back

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn spoke to media in New York during a visit they hope will put pressure on Washington to allow for Anne Sacoolas to be sent back to the United Kingdom and face investigators there.

After the accident, Sacoolas flew back to the U.S. under diplomatic immunity.

“She needs to just do the right thing and just come back and face what she’s done,” said Dunn’s mother Charlotte, her voice breaking with emotion. “We promised Harry as a family when we lost him that night…that we would make sure justice was done.”

Harry Dunn, 19, died after Sacoolas’ car crashed into his motorbike near RAF Croughton, an air force base in Northamptonshire in central England that is used by the United States.

A spokesman for Dunn’s parents said the family will travel to Washington this week to put pressure on U.S. authorities and that they were looking for legal assistance in the United States.

Whether Sacoolas was protected by diplomatic immunity has been an issue of contention between the two countries.

Britain’s Foreign Office told Dunn’s family that once Sacoolas returned to the United States she no longer had diplomatic immunity, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week urged President Donald Trump to reconsider a decision to let her use immunity.

“To me it’s so, so simple… She killed our son. She didn’t mean to kill him, she didn’t mean to have the accident. But you cannot walk away from that and just leave and expect nothing to happen,” Dunn’s father, Tim Dunn, told reporters.

(Production: Andrew Hofstetter, Pavithra George)

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