This is not what diplomatic immunity is intended for. It’s supposed to stop diplomats being detained while doing their work, not enable them and their families to break the law and face no consequences. Everything from unpaid parking tickets, to sex trafficking, to killing people, people abuse diplomatic immunity and cheapen it all the time. Countries should absolutely revoke it when someone actually needs to face justice.
Dunn’s parents’ trip to see Trump in the White House in October sparked controversy when it emerged that Sacoolas was in the room next door, ready to meet them in front of journalists. They refused the offer.
What the hell? Are they taping Maury in the White House now?
> The decision to charge Anne Sacoolas, who has claimed diplomatic immunity, caused tension between the U.K. and the United States. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab welcomed the move, but the State Department called it unhelpful
Yea piss right off DOJ. You guys would be bullying another country to give up their suspect if Harry Dunn were American.
What a total piece of shit
She’ll not be extradited. This is what the spokesman from the US State Department had to say:
**’The United States has been clear that, at the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the UK, the driver in this case had status that conferred diplomatic immunities.**
**’The Foreign Secretary stated the same in Parliament.**
**’It is the position of the United States government that a request to extradite an individual under these circumstances would be an egregious abuse.**
**’The use of an extradition treaty to attempt to return the spouse of a former diplomat by force would establish an extraordinarily troubling precedent**
The Americans have made their position clear, which is that she had diplomatic immunity while in the UK. The UK will ask for her extradition, but then it’ll go before an American judge where mrs. Sacoolas will get back-up from the State Department. End of story: extradition request refused. This will be the outcome regardless of who’ll be the president, be it Trump, Biden or otherwise. This hardly a surprise though. The USA is **notoriously** protective of their military and diplomatic personnel (and their families), as Cavalese cable disaster (and other incidents) show. Italy is a reliable NATO/US ally, and though the behavior of the pilot in the Cavalese disaster was notoriously egregious and the loss of life substantial, the Americans still refused to let the Italians prosecute him.
Also, make no mistake about it: it’s pretty obvious mrs. Sacoolas didn’t decide to leave the UK on her own, but that she was told to leave by US State Department, which is pretty much the American modus operandi in these kind of cases. The only reason this blew up more than usual was because it happened in the UK instead of Turkey or Pakistan.