Guardian: The family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old killed on 27 August last year after being hit by a car driven by the wife of a US intelligence officer, intends to bring a private criminal prosecution against the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the Guardian has learned.
They claim that Raab did not have the authority to allow Anne Sacoolas to return to the United States after the incident, while there was an ongoing police investigation and while the issue of her diplomatic immunity had not been resolved. They also allege that Raab misled parliament in statements he made about Sacoolas’s return to the US.
A private prosecution, brought by individuals rather than the Crown Prosecution Service or another public body, is highly unusual. The family argue that the actions of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) amount to misconduct in public office, and perverting the course of justice.
Sacoolas, who was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving, returned to the US on 15 September. Earlier this month an Interpol red notice was issued for her, meaning she is “wanted internationally”.
Sacoolas had moved to Britain with her family a month before Dunn was killed. Her husband, Jonathan, was working at RAF Croughton, the highly sensitive US intelligence base in Northampton. Sacoolas drove out of the base on the wrong side of the road when she hit Dunn’s motorbike – something she has never disputed. Dunn died later that night.