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Johnson demands the return of the wife of the US ambassador, involved in a traffic accident

October 7, 2019

LONDON, Oct. 7 (Reuters / EP) –

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has claimed on Monday the return to the country of the wife of the United States ambassador in London, Anne Sacoolas, who has fled after being involved in a traffic accident in which a person died.

“I hope that Anne Sacoolas returns and properly faces the legal processes that are carried out,” said the tenant of Downing Street in a television interview.

Johnson has explained that, for now, he has transferred his request to the US ambassador, although he has warned that, if it does not work, he will speak directly with the White House.

Harry Dunn, 19, died on August 27 from a collision near the Northamptonshire military base in central England, a facility that belongs to the British Air Force but uses the United States.

Northamptonshire Police Chief Nick Adderley has told the BBC that investigators have found out that a car left the air base in the opposite direction just when the accident occurred.

Last Friday the Northamptonshire Police issued a statement in which he informed that, despite the fact that Sacoolas had cooperated with the investigators and had promised not to leave the United Kingdom, he finally left for the United States.

Johnson already said in Sky News that the Police were aware that “diplomatic immunity could be an obstacle.” Dunn “deserves justice and to achieve this it is necessary that a thorough and thorough investigation be carried out, with the help of all parties involved,” he said.

A spokesman for the US Embassy in London said Monday that “any question regarding the exemption of the immunity of diplomats and their families abroad in a case like this receives intense attention, (…) given the impact global of these decisions. ”

“Immunity is rarely withdrawn,” said the spokesman, although he added that “the US Embassy has been and will continue to be in close contact with the British authorities” in relation to this case.

Dunn's mother, meanwhile, has told the BBC that the family can only forgive if Sacoolas faces Justice. “But forgive her for leaving, I'm not even close to that,” Charlotte Charles said. “We express our deep condolences to the family of the deceased in this tragic traffic accident,” said the US Embassy.