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Harry Dunn death: CPS cleared to engage with Anne Sacoolas’ lawyers

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Harry Dunn’s parents have welcomed a move that enables the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to engage with Anne Sacoolas’ lawyers about the next steps in a criminal case against her.

Mr Dunn died in August 2019 when a car crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton, in Northamptonshire.

In January last year, Sacoolas was charged with causing Harry’s death by dangerous driving.

The 43-year-old is alleged to have pulled out on the wrong side of the road as she left the US military base but has not yet faced justice as she left the UK after claiming diplomatic immunity.

The parents of Harry Dunn Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn speak to media, at home in north Oxfordshire after observing proceedings at the High Court via videolink.
Image: The parents of Harry Dunn Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn have welcomed the move

The US has blocked the extradition of Mrs Sacoolas to be tried over charges stemming from the collision.

Britain is now set to pursue a “virtual trial or process” over the 19-year-old’s death.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme: “The path is clear for the legal authorities in the UK to approach Anne Sacoolas’s lawyers – without any problem from the US government – to see whether some kind of virtual trial or process could allow some accountability and some solace and some justice for the Dunn family

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“I would like to see some accountability. I think the family deserve no less.”

A statement from the family of Harry Dunn says: “It is a huge development and we are grateful to the politicians for making this possible.

“This campaign has never been about vengeance or retribution, but about accountability for the loss of their totally innocent son.

“That is what any of us would want and that is what must now be delivered. There must be meaningful justice”.

The development comes after Boris Johnson met US President Joe Biden at the G7 Summit and the pair discussed the situation.

The prime minister said the president was “actively engaged” and “extremely sympathetic” about the case after their face-to-face meeting in Cornwall.

In March, Harry’s parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn were told they will be “deposed” by 23 July – meaning they will give their account of events under oath, as part of the “discovery process” in their civil claim.