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Harry Dunn’s parents say the police were “acquitted of all blame” when the legal claim was dropped

Harry Dunn’s parents withdrew their legal claim against the Northamptonshire police after concluding that after their son’s death, the police were ‘acquitted of all blame’.

The 19-year-old’s family is up for a two-day hearing at the High Court in November, where she blames the Secretary of State for “impediment to justice” by having suspect Anne Sacoolas leave the UK.

Northamptonshire police were brought to trial in January because Mr Dunn’s mother, Charlotte Charles and father Tim Dunn, tried to understand how Sacoolas could claim diplomatic immunity after the fatal crash in August last year.

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Harry Dunn’s family claims that the Secretary of State was ‘hindered in justice’ by having Anne Sacoolas leave the UK (David Mirzoeff / PA)

The PA news agency understands that the police will only be involved in the claim as “interested party” at the request of Chief Constable Nick Adderley.

It is also believed that the corps will not incur costs against the family due to its involvement in the procedure.

The Dunn family has decided to discontinue proceedings against the police after alleging that documents revealed for legal proceedings show that the police were being kept in the dark by the State Department (FCO).

Recent documents, seen by PA, showed that the Northamptonshire police said they had been “unaware” by the FCO of the arrangements under which Sacoolas could claim diplomatic immunity.

Police also claim that the FCO has not told about the risk of Sacoolas being withdrawn from the UK or waiving her husband Jonathan’s immunity, preventing officers from questioning him as a witness.

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Chief Commissioner Nick Adderley has requested to remain involved as “interested party” in the case (Jacob King / PA)

In December last year, Sacoolas was charged with causing Mr. Dunn’s death from dangerous driving, but a request for extradition from the Department of the Interior was rejected in January by United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The US State Department described the decision as “final,” but the UK and US have since agreed to change the “anomaly” that would allow Sacoolas to claim diplomatic immunity.

Family spokesman Radd Seiger told PA that parents have withdrawn claims against Northamptonshire police: “After carefully reviewing documents released by Secretary of State, parents are now convinced that police have been released from any guilt and could not have done anything more. to ensure that Ms. Sacoolas was brought to justice.

“Our case remains that the documents clearly show how the police investigation was in fact abruptly stopped when the State Department told the police shortly after Harry’s death that Ms. Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity.

“We say the documents show that the State Department has kept the police in the dark for fourteen days about the uncertainty surrounding Mrs. Sacoolas’ claim to immunity.

“They did not tell them that Ms Sacoolas was planning to leave the country and then did not tell the police that she had left until the day after she left.

In the UK, it is the responsibility of the police to determine who has diplomatic immunity, not the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but he and his team still did – the parents say wrongfully.

“In conversations with the police, they have now graciously confirmed that they will remain as interested parties in the lawsuit.”

A Northamptonshire police spokesman said, “This is an ongoing legal issue and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Foreign Affairs have been approached for comment.

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