LONDON – The family of a British teenager killed in an accident involving a US diplomat who has since left the UK is urging her to return to justice.
"She needs to go back and see what she did," said Charlotte Charles, a teenage mom, told NBC News on Saturday, holding back tears.
The family says that they want the suspect in their son's death to return to the UK to go to trial. But so far they have not had an answer. No one was charged in this case
"We just stayed in the dark," Charles said.
"We have no answers, we have nothing to say to her that she is tempted," she added.
19-year-old Harry Dunn was killed in a clash near RAF Croughton, a police base at Northamptonshire Airport in central England, used by the United States, in late August.
He was on his motorcycle when he collided with a Volvo XC90 in the wrong direction. The 42-year-old American is a suspect.
The US State Department confirmed to NBC News that the other driver was the wife of a US diplomat assigned to the UK, but for security and privacy reasons. , the diplomat or their spouse could not be identified.
"We can confirm that the family has left the UK," said the State Department, adding that "any questions regarding the waiver of immunity against our diplomats" and their families abroad in the case of such consideration are senior-level, considered careful, given the global impact of such decisions; immunity is seldom denied. "
Charles, 44, and teenager Tim Dunn, 55, hope the US government, including President Donald Trump himself, will interfere.
" We need something, "she added." they will not surrender, then President Trump needs to do something. "
Supervisor Sarah Johnson of Northamptonshire Police said on Saturday that the suspect had left the UK, despite initially telling British investigators he had no plans
NBC News that they were told that the couple's spouse was married They returned to the United States when they met with police a couple of days after Harry's funeral, which left them "in shock."
Since then, they have said that there were few explanations or additional details.
Charles told NBC News that they despair of justice for Harry, whom she described as a "free" guy with a huge heart and a passion for riding.
NBC News legal analyst Danny Sevallos stated that under international law, diplomats have full rights immunity from criminal liability and almost pa second immunity
Sevalos said diplomats spouses are also entitled to diplomatic immunity, but the country can always abandon the immune system and allow the host country, in this case the UK, bring to trial the wife of a diplomat.
"If I advised this man as a client, I would recommend returning to the United States as soon as you can," Sevallos said. "Because if for some reason this immunity does not ultimately apply, you would rather return to the United States and fight for extradition than in the UK and try to get out of prison," he said.
Charles and Dunn had no contact with anyone from the RAF, the US Department of Defense, or the US Department of State. However, US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson sent them a letter of condolence to NBC News.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told NBC News on Saturday that he called on the US ambassador to "express his displeasure with the UK's decision and urge the embassy to review it".
Seven Danna stated that she received a great deal of support from people in the US and Americans living in the UK
"We have had many, many messages, and they are all disgusting. Absolutely disgusting," – said Charles.
Sevallos, a legal analyst, said there was little recourse for the family's victim. As for Trump's possible assistance, he said the president had to make a difficult decision.
"He could waive this immunity, but on the other hand, he would send the American back to criminal prosecution in a foreign court,"
Cavellos said it was clear that the victim's family was disappointed and wanted to hear any word of comfort.
"This is one of the most emotionally difficult things in our legal system – something that is morally right, like apologizing to a family for causing them great pain, is often a real legal liability, and that defense attorneys will tell their clients just not to do, "he said. "It's legitimately too risky to pick up the phone and say, 'I'm sorry.'