Dec 20, 2019

U.K. officials charge American diplomat’s wife for death of British teen

Charlotte Charles, the mother of Harry Dunn and father, Tim Dunn. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images

British officials are formally charging American Anne Sacoolas with "causing death by dangerous driving" in connection with the crash that killed teenager Harry Dunn in August, chief crown prosecutor Janine Smith announced on Friday.

The state of play: Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, invoked diplomatic immunity under international law and returned to the U.S. after police reports claimed that her vehicle struck 19-year-old Dunn's motorcycle when she drove on the wrong side of the road.

Why it matters: The saga has "sparked outrage in Britain, thrusting the concept of diplomatic immunity under the spotlight," the Washington Post writes.

What they're saying:

“The United States has been clear that, at the time the accident occurred, and for the duration of her stay in the UK, the driver in this case had status that conferred diplomatic immunities. The Foreign Secretary stated the same in Parliament.”
— The U.S. State Department to Sky News in a statement
“May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Anne Sacoolas are now active and that she has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”
— U.K. chief crown prosecutor Janine Smith

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Britain requests extradition of U.S. official's wife charged in deadly crash

Harry Dunn's family and their spokesman Radd Seiger. Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images

The British government has formally requested the extradition of Anne Sacoolas, whose husband was an intelligence officer at a British military base, from the U.S., AP writes.

The intrigue: The State Department calls the request "highly inappropriate," because she had diplomatic immunity at the time of the crash

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Netanyahu asks Israeli parliament for immunity from corruption charges

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday that he will ask the Knesset, Israel's parliament, for immunity from his pending corruption charges.

Why it matters: The request by Netanyahu will likely delay any trial until after the country's elections in March — its third attempt to elect a stable majority government in a year. It essentially turns the March vote into a referendum on Netanyahu's political and legal future.

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Benjamin Netanyahu's bad day

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a very bad political day.

Driving the news: Less than 50 days before Israel's third elections in a year, three new political developments will make his efforts to get re-elected much harder.

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