Harry Dunn’s furious family have slammed the ‘indefensible’ US decision to block the deportation of Anne Sacoolas in a ‘dark day for the special relationship’ and demanded a meeting with Boris Johnson.
America yesterday refused to hand over a diplomat’s wife who is accused of killing a 19-year-old British biker in a crash near a US airbase.
Mr Dunn was killed in a head-on collision with a car on August 27 last year near RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire.
Anne Sacoolas, 42, the wife of a US intelligence official, is believed to have been driving on the wrong side of the road and was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. But she claimed diplomatic immunity and flew to the US.
Asked if the Prime Minister was doing enough, family spokesman Radd Seiger told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I have to say at the moment not. We did not welcome his public comments last week.
‘He is the leader of the gang, he aspired to be Prime Minister. History was made last night when the Americans decided not to return her.
Radd Seiger (pictured on today’s Good Morning Britain) slammed the ‘corrupt’ Trump government’s ‘indefensible’ decision to block the extradition
Harry Dunn (right), 19, died when his motorcycle crashed in a head-on collision with a car allegedly driven by Anne Sacoolas (left), 42, on August 27 last year
‘That’s the first time in history that the United States has turned down an extradition request. It’s one of the darkest days in the history of this special relationship.
‘Boris Johnson wanted to be Prime Minister, he is now being tested severely. I expect him today to rise to that challenge and come and meet with me and the family and tell us what he’s going to do about it.’
Mr Seiger, told MailOnline last night: ‘The family are not at all surprised at these developments and are taking it in their stride having factored it in to their planning and strategy.
‘This is a lawless corrupt administration that appears intent on attacking even it’s closest international ally. If Trump and Pompeo think this is an end to the matter, they have another thing coming to them. Team Harry will sit down with the Government tomorrow (Fri) and work out our next steps. And next steps there will be. The whole world is on Team Harry’s side. This is not a battle the US Government is going to win.’
Today he told Good Morning Britain: ‘History was made last night. This is the first time the US have ever refused an extradition request from the UK. It’s one of the darkest days in the history of the special relationship.’
He added: ‘It’s a completely indefensible decision both legally and morally.’
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pictured, has turned down the extradition request for Mrs Sacoolas, family spokesman Radd Seiger said
Mr Seiger said: ‘What it threw up unfortunately is just the corrupt nature of this [Trump] administration that seems intent upon taking a wrecking ball to every institution there is.’
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has turned down the extradition request for Mrs Sacoolas, family spokesman Radd Seiger said.
The family’s constituency MP Andrea Leadsom informed them of the decision and is due to meet the US ambassador Woody Johnson in London on Friday to discuss the case.
Mr Dunn’s family said they would react fully to the news on Friday morning, but said ‘the fight goes on’ for justice for their son.
Boris Johnson last week said the chance of the suspect ever returning to the UK was very low.
Radd Seiger last week said the Prime Minister’s comments made on BBC Breakfast were ‘a very powerful blow’ which have ‘done real damage’ to his bid to bring the wife of an American intelligence officer back to Britain to face justice.
The parents of Harry Dunn, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn (left and centre) along with their family lawyer and representative Radd Seiger (right) pictured together on Good Morning Britain in December
‘I was watching the BBC Breakfast interview in disbelief – my jaw hit the floor,’ he told MailOnline. ‘We are incandescent with rage,’ he said.
Demanding a greater show of support from the PM, Mr Seiger questioned whether the Mr Johnson is more interested in currying favour with President Trump than supporting the grieving parents of a British citizen.
‘Boris Johnson’s comments have made my job ten times harder. We were beginning to make real progress,’ he said.
‘We felt that although we weren’t supported by authorities initially, through hard work and dialogue, we were building bridges.
The PM (pictured on BBC Breakfast) played down expectations of a legal breakthrough
‘Home Secretary Priti Patel reached out – along with our MP Andrea Leadsom – and we were bringing the government and Harry’s family together.
‘When he [Boris Johnson] spoke on BBC Breakfast I was in disbelief. It wasn’t the public line we agreed on.’
Mr Seiger added: ‘It’s not just about Harry anymore, it’s about the ability to allow a sovereign nation to apply the laws of the land to the foreign visitors.
‘Everyone right up to the Home Secretary agrees with this – all except for Boris who is off in La La Land.’
Mr Seiger also revealed that Harry’s mother Charlotte had begun therapy to begin to process his son’s death, adding: ‘It was especially difficult over the holiday season.’