Justice For Harry Dunn And His Family

Justice For Harry Dunn And His Family

Justice For Harry Dunn And His Family

Who is Harry Dunn? Nineteen year old Harry Dunn was riding his motorcycle near a British Air Force Base when he was hit head-on by a car driven by American Anne Sacoolas. Less than a month after the accident, the United States Government claimed diplomatic immunity for Sacoolas and she was flown home on a United States Air Force plane. The family, led by Harry’s amazing articulate mother, want justice. As Americans, we should all want “Justice 4 Harry”.

The details of the accident are heartbreaking. Young Harry was riding his motorcycle near the exit to the Royal Air Force base at Croughton, when 42 year old Sacoolas hit him head on. She was driving on the wrong side of the road. His father arrived at the scene and described what he found to the UK Guardian:

“The paramedics were pulling [him] out of the grass verge and putting him on a stretcher. I could see the broken bones sticking out of his arms. He was talking. I called over and said, ‘Harry, it’s your dad. They’re gonna fix you. Be calm. Let them help you.’

“He stopped moaning because he was complaining he couldn’t breath very well. He calmed down. A couple of minutes later one of the doctors said they were going to sedate him. I told Harry this was for the best and we’d see him later in hospital. That was the last time …”

I dare you to read that and not be moved.

Jonathan Sacoolas, Anne’s husband, was working in “intelligence” at Croughton. There are suggestions that Anne herself is/was working with the CIA:

New reports now suggest that Sacoolas is being protected by the U.S. State Dept. because of her own potential intelligence background, not her husband’s. She was whisked out of the country after initially cooperating with British police over the accident, in which she is accused of driving her Volvo SUV on the wrong side of the road straight into Dunn’s Kawasaki motorcyle.

U.S. government sources told the Mail on Sunday that Sacoolas was “not active” in the UK, though one security source added, “you never really leave the CIA.” (Sacoolas’ lawyers did not respond to requests for comment from the The Daily Beast.)

Which would explain why Mrs. Sacoolas was flown home by the Air Force so quickly. She is charged with causing death by dangerous driving. Sacoolas immediately claimed diplomatic immunity. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, their version of our Department of State, has pleaded with the U.S. Embassy and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to waive immunity. They have refused.

To add insult to this tragic death, President Trump met with Dunn’s parents at the White House and blind-sided them with an opportunity to meet Anne Sacoolas:

Harry Dunn’s parents have refused to meet the American woman allegedly responsible for his death after they learnt she was in the White House during their talks with Donald Trump.

Tim Dunn and Charlotte Charles said “the bombshell was dropped” that Anne Sacoolas was in the room next door to meet them as they discussed their case with the US president on Tuesday.

Y’all know that I a Trump fan. He is the right man for the job of President at this time. What a horrific thing to do to these grieving parents. This was wrong on every level. It was incomprehensibly wrong.

Charlotte Charles Dunn and her attorney, Radd Sieger, were on This Morning UK today. I was in awe of her dignity and clarity:

Both the U.K. and U.S. governments are letting this family down, as Charlotte explained. The Vienna Conventions set forth the parameters of diplomatic immunity. I remember, in the 1990’s, when then Mayor Rudy Giuliani forgave parking tickets for United Nations diplomat families. I was incensed then.

When you are a guest of a foreign country, you should behave as a guest. When you commit a crime, you should be brought to justice. Period. Paragraph. End of story. Anne Sacoolas, accidentally, murdered a young man. She should return and stand trial. I am begging President Trump and Secretary Pompeo to waive diplomatic immunity and return Anne Sacoolas to the United Kingdom to stand trial for the murder of Harry Dunn.

Harry Dunn and his family deserve justice.

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5 Comments
  • Mark says:

    Justice must be served or the rule of law is degraded. This case seems to be a gross abuse of diplomatic immunity. Thank you for speaking out on it.

  • Scott says:

    Toni,

    I’m with you completely on her returning to face justice, but regardless of how reprehensible her avoidance of this after the fact has been, “murder” is not the correct term to use here. Murder, in most places, requires intent, and clearly, she did not intend to kill this young man, which is why she’s not charged with it in this case.

    That being said, there’s no question that immunity should be waived.

    • GWB says:

      Concur totally, Scott.

      Diplomatic immunity is a very important part of “international norms”. But, yes, it should be waived here. Heck, Britain will likely release her in two weeks anyway (especially if she shouts “Aloha snackbar” every morning).

  • Tim Smith says:

    Disgusting behaviour by Trump et al… Needless to say, there was most probably a ‘cover up’ between the two governments, where the US told the UK, “YOU MUST LET THIS WOMAN RETURN HOME, OR ELSE”, and both ultimately hoped the tragedy would never become news – how wrong were they (?), and good on the Dunn family for not rolling over. So, if true (obviously relating to the UK Foreign Office), it would therefore call into question their ‘supposedly genuine’ fight for justice for Harry Dunn’s family.

    Imagine if Anne Sacoolas had run over a relative of Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab or a member of the Royal Family, or alternatively if a British diplomat or even a member of the ‘Secret Intelligence Service’, crashed into and killed a member of the Trump or Pompeo ‘clan’, out in The States – we all know what the outcomes would be, regardless of any diplomatic immunity (which in AS’s case, may not have really existed anyway, as I understand it – nevermind her alleged CIA background). Could anyone really see Trump saying (regarding the latter instance)?, “it’s OK, it was an accident” – I think NOT.

    I see, American diplomat, Joshua Walde (in 2013) when in Kenya, was also (in similar circumstances) conveniently ‘whisked out’ of the country,, after causing the death of a local man and seriously injurying eight other people in a high speed car crash – I guess, America only agree with justice, when it suits them…

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