19:07, January 23 273 0 theguardian.com

2020-01-23 19:07:04
Harry Dunn: US rejects extradition request for Anne Sacoolas

An extradition request for the US woman charged with causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn has been turned down by secretary of state Mike Pompeo, the family spokesman has said.

The 19-year-old’s parents were informed of Pompeo’s decision in a phone call with their constituency MP Andrea Leadsom on Thursday.

Dunn was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on 27 August 2019.

Anne Sacoolas, 42, was charged with causing his death by dangerous driving by the Crown Prosecution Service in December. Sacoolas was granted diplomatic immunity following the crash and was able to return to her home country, sparking an international controversy.

Boris Johnson previously said the chance of the suspect ever returning to the UK was very low.

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.

In response to the extradition request being rejected, a spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “We are disappointed in this decision which appears to be a denial of justice. We are urgently considering our options.”