Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Harry Dunn's family calls for Assange extradition to the US to be refused

The family of Harry Dunn has called for Julian Assange not to be extradited as long as the US refuses to send the suspect in the teenager's death back to the UK.

The 19-year-old's parents have said they believe any further extradition requests by the US should be refused after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected the return of the woman involved in their son's death, Anne Sacoolas, last month.

Harry Dunn Credit: Harry's family

Their spokesman Radd Seiger said the Foreign Affairs Committee had accepted their request for an inquiry into the extradition, and to the diplomatic immunity granted to Mrs Sacoolas.

Earlier this month, the Foreign Office said they had "no plans" to launch a public inquiry into the case - saying the case had been handled "properly and lawfully throughout".

Harry's parents Credit: ITV Anglia

The teenager was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car driven by Mrs Sacoolas outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.

Mrs Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of an intelligence official based at RAF Croughton, was granted diplomatic immunity after the crash and sparked international controversy after being allowed to return to her home country.

Anne Sacoolas Credit: .

She was later charged with causing Mr Dunn's death by dangerous driving.

Mr Dunn's mother, Charlotte Charles and father, Tim Dunn, said they were told by Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab that the Government was "reviewing all our options" after Mr Pompeo's refusal to extradite Mrs Sacoolas.

Julian Assange Credit: PA Wire

In accordance with the principle of reciprocity which the US is failing to abide by, on behalf of Harry Dunn's family and the millions of concerned citizens in the UK, I now demand that the UK authorities block any further extraditions to the US, including the one of Julian Assange, until such time as Anne Sacoolas is extradited and back on UK soil facing the justice system here. Dominic Raab told us when we met with him on January 27 that 'we are reviewing all our options' following the refusal to extradite Anne Sacoolas. I now call him to exercise that option of refusing to extradite Julian Assange and others to the USA. It is high time that the UK Government comes out and shows us what they are made of if they are to instil any confidence that they really do have our backs, Harry's family having been so badly let down following his death last August."

– Radd Seiger, Dunn family spokesman