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UK reviews diplomatic immunity rules after crash involving US diplomat's wife

Charlotte Charles, the mother of Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike was involved in an August 2019 accident in Britain with the wife of an American diplomat, wipes her eyes at a news conference. Britain said on Monday it was reviewing the rules which govern diplomatic immunity arrangements for U.S. personnel at an air force base following the crash File photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle.

Charlotte Charles, the mother of Harry Dunn, who died after his motorbike was involved in an August 2019 accident in Britain with the wife of an American diplomat, wipes her eyes at a news conference. Britain said on Monday it was reviewing the rules which govern diplomatic immunity arrangements for U.S. personnel at an air force base following the crash File photo: AP Photo/Craig Ruttle.

Published Oct 21, 2019

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LONDON - Britain said on Monday it was

reviewing the rules which govern diplomatic immunity

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arrangements for U.S. personnel at an air force base after a man

was killed when his motorbike collided with a car driven by a

U.S. diplomat's wife.

Harry Dunn, 19, died in August near RAF Croughton, a base in

the central English county of Northamptonshire used by the U.S.

military. American Anne Sacoolas left Britain after the fatal

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crash.

"I have already commissioned a review of the immunity

arrangements for U.S. personnel and their families at

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Croughton," foreign minister Dominic Raab told parliament.

"As this case has demonstrated, I do not believe the current

arrangements are right and the review will look at how we can

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make sure that the arrangements at Croughton cannot be used in

this way again."

The government had been warned by the United States that

Sacoolas was going to leave Britain, Raab also said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged President

Donald Trump to reconsider a decision to let Sacoolas use

diplomatic immunity to leave the country.

Trump met Dunn's parents earlier this month in Washington,

saying their meeting was "sad" but "beautiful." In a subsequent

interview the family said they felt pressure to allow the

American woman to join the session. 

Reuters

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