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Prosecutors have said Harry Dunn’s alleged murderer, Anne Sacoolas, is expected to go to UK courts after ruling out a virtual trial in the United States.
— Lisa Dowd Sky News (@LisaSkyNews) November 2, 2020
East Midlands Chief Prosecutor Janine Smith
East Midlands Chief Prosecutor Janine Smith told family representatives of the 19-year-old that a virtual trial would mean Sacoolas “would not go to court or accept the powers of the court.”
Ms Smith said the CPS believes there is no other option for Sacoolas to surrender “except … to physically return to jurisdiction”.
His words are despite a letter sent to Family Constituency MP Andrea Leadsom on behalf of US President Donald Trump in which the US Embassy said his “sincere hope” was that the CPS would help lawyers de Sacoolas would make proposals for a virtual process.
Mr Dunn was killed when his motorcycle struck a car outside RAF Croughton US military base in Northamptonshire on August 27 last year.
Lawyers acting on behalf of Sacoolas admitted t
Lawyers acting on behalf of Sacoolas admitted that the 43-year-old had driven on the wrong side of the road for about 20 seconds before the collision.
Ms Smith informed family officials that a request for the suspect’s extradition, which was rejected by the State Department in January, was no longer valid.
She added that the CPS “may consider filing another extradition request” if the family wins their legal battle over the diplomatic immunity claimed on Sacoolas’ behalf.
In a letter to representatives of the Dunn family seen by the PA News Agency, Ms Smith said: ‘We recently wrote again to the attorneys representing Anne Sacoolas, stating that the next step in this matter is for her to go. subject to the jurisdiction of the court.
“We confirmed to them that we do not want to oppose the initiation and conclusion of the criminal proceedings, but that an appropriate process should take place.
“We told them that we would consider ways and means to move this case forward, but this can only be done if Anne Sacoolas submits to the jurisdiction of the UK court.”
Sacoolas was able to leave the UK 19 days after the crash after the US government asserted diplomatic immunity on their behalf.
The family have appealed the ruling and the High Court will determine later this month whether the suspect was eligible for immunity.
Informing the family of the prospect of a virtual trial, Ms Smith continued, “When we talked about a virtual trial during our meeting with you, the (Attorney General) said that the coronavirus legislation is specifically designed to deal with cases during The trial was billed as a pandemic and the law was not expected to allow suspects to appear from another country.