Harry Dunn's mum calls for Dominic Raab's resignation over handling of case

21 May 2020, 00:11

Charlotte Charles has called for Dominic Raab to resign
Charlotte Charles has called for Dominic Raab to resign. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Harry Dunn's mum has called for the resignation of the foreign secretary after seeing images of him at a reception with the Us ambassador three days before her son's suspected killer fled the country.

Charlotte Charles said the way the Government had dealt with her family was "beyond words", adding: "You wouldn't treat an animal the way Government treated us."

Documents seen by the PA news agency showed that a senior diplomat at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office had sent a text message to their US Embassy counterpart saying they should "feel able" to put suspect Anne Sacoolas on the next flight home.

Initial disclosure documents, which surfaced earlier this year, showed a briefing note copied to Dominic Raab's private secretary from three days after the fatal crash - which revealed concern for some "very unpalatable headlines".

A witness statement from the senior investigating officer at Northamptonshire Police said an official at the FCO had requested the force delay telling the family that a waiver for Mrs Sacoolas's diplomatic immunity had been declined by the US - adding that it would help if they could get their "ducks in a row" beforehand.

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

Mr Dunn was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year
Mr Dunn was killed when his motorbike crashed into a car outside a US military base in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year. Picture: PA

Anne Sacoolas, 42, the wife of a US intelligence official based at RAF Croughton, claimed diplomatic immunity following the crash and was able to return to her home country.

She was charged with causing death by dangerous driving in December, but an extradition request for Sacoolas submitted by the Home Office was rejected by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in January - a decision later described by the State Department as "final".

Interpol have since issued a red notice, meaning she will be classed as a fugitive if she ever steps foot outside the US.

Mrs Charles was prompted to call for Mr Raab's resignation after reports from ITV News showed pictures of the Foreign Secretary at a reception, hosted by the US Ambassador, three days before Sacoolas left the country.

Addressing her reasons for calling for Mr Raab's resignation, Mrs Charles said: "Any parent out there who has lost a child will understand what we are going through as a family.

"The lack of sleep. The continual pain in the stomach. That constant realisation that Harry is not here.

Charlotte Charles says she is left in constant pain by the death of her son
Charlotte Charles says she is left in constant pain by the death of her son. Picture: PA

"The unbearable feeling that he will never walk through the door again and give me one of his hugs. Never call or text again. Not watching him going into what would have been the prime of his life.

"But as if all that was not enough, what on earth did this government think it was doing treating us the way they did? It is beyond words.

"You wouldn't treat an animal the way government treated us.

"Every single one of those responsible must go. I don't care how high this goes."

Mrs Charles continued: "This must never happen again. Let us be the last ones. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

"Mr Raab has to go but we will not stop until we get to the bottom of all this, find out who was involved and make sure that anyone else who should not be in their job as a result also resigns or is dismissed."

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