The United States has declined Britain's request for the extradition of a USA diplomat's wife who was involved in an August auto crash that killed a British teenager, the State Department said on Thursday.
Also on Thursday, the family's spokesperson, Radd Seiger, said that their constituency MP Andrea Leadsom will meet US Ambassador Woody Johnson in London on Friday to discuss the case.
Harry Dunn, 19, died in a hospital of multiple injuries from the head-on crash of his motorbike with a auto on August 27, 2019 in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England.
British police say Harry Dunn, 19, died when he was hit by a auto driven by Anne Sacoolas, whose husband was stationed at a USA military base in England.
Mrs Anne Sacoolas, 42, the wife of an American intelligence officer at the base, flew back to the United States claiming diplomatic immunity while Northamptonshire Police were still investigating the incident.
"The prime minister urged the president to reconsider the US position so the individual involved can return to the United Kingdom, cooperate with police and allow Harry's family to receive justice", Johnson's office said in an emailed statement about the call, according to Bloomberg News.
On Friday, Dominic Raab, Britain's worldwide secretary, mentioned he had spoken by phone with U.S. Ambassador Woody Johnson, to order his authorities's "disappointment about this resolution".
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In a statement, the State Department said Sacoolas extradition would set a troubling precedent. British officials and Dunn's family have been seeking her extradition since.
The State Department says she had diplomatic immunity and that sending her back would set a troubling precedent. "Anne Sacoolas is coming back, I promise you that". Lawyers representing the Dunn family said it is the first time in the 100-year history of the extradition treaty that such a request has been turned down by the US.
"We feel this amounts to a denial of justice, and we believe Anne Sacoolas should return to the UK".
"This is a corrupt and lawless administration that seems to intend to attack even its closest global ally", Radd Seiger said.
Sacoolas received diplomatic immunity and left the United Kingdom shortly after the accident.
Sacoolas admitted in October to being the driver, but has cited immunity while refusing to return to Britain to face justice, as Dunn's parents demand.
Mr Dunn's family have said they are "not surprised" by the rejection, but added that it will "not be a battle the USA government is going to win".