Trump says he plans to get involved in diplomat's wife case

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he'd speak to the wife of the U.S. diplomat who fled the United Kingdom after allegedly killing a teen motorcyclist in a wrong-way crash - but he made no commitments about her fate.

Trump on Wednesday called what happened "a bad accident" and said his administration would seek to speak with the driver "and see what we can come up with".

Trump said they are going to see if there can be some healing after the issue but offered no details.

The pledge has come after Boris Johnson urged the US President to return Anna Sacoolas to Britain so she can "cooperate with police". British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Trump to reconsider a decision to let the wife use diplomatic immunity. He says the confusion is understandable but "two wonderful parents have lost their son". "That happens. I will not say it ever happened to me, but it did".

The president called Anne Sacoolas' alleged August 27 crash into 19-year-old Harry Dunn "a bad accident", noting that motorists in the United Kingdom and USA drive on opposites sides of the road. The person that was driving the automobile has diplomatic immunity.

Under global law, diplomats and their families can avoid prosecution for crimes committed in a foreign country unless immunity is waived by the diplomat's home country.

Previously, only diplomats and their dependents based in London were entitled to the privilege.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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