Boris Johnson clashes with Jeremy Corbyn in PMQs over Harry Dunn and Anne Sacoolas scandal

Prime minister ignores call from Labour leader to resign over Government misleading Northamptonshire family

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 2:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 2:45 pm

The prime minister admitted Britain's extradition treaty with the United States is unbalanced when questioned over the Anne Sacoolas scandal in the House of Commons today (Wednesday, February 12).

Boris Johnson also ignored a call to resign from Jeremy Corbyn during Prime Minister's Questions for the Government's handling of the Harry Dunn case.

The Labour Party leader said: "It is widely reported that Anne Sacoolas is in fact a CIA operative, now we know the foreign secretary misled the Dunn family, who are being denied justice by the US Government.

Harry Dunn
Harry Dunn

"Will the prime minister commit to his removal from office tomorrow in his reshuffle?"

Mr Johnson replied: "Mr Speaker the right honourable gentlemen knows well that the Foreign Office has been told that Anne Sacoolas was notified to the UK Government as a spouse with no official role.

"We will continue without fear or favour to seek justice for Harry Dunn and for his family.

"We will continue to seek the extradition of Anne Sacoolas from the United States."

Harry Dunn's family (L-R) Bruce Charles, Charlotte Charles, Ciaran Charles, family spokesman Radd Seiger, Tracey Dunn and Tim Dunn

Harry's family wants a public inquiry into the 'scandal' surrounding the Northamptonshire teenager's death after Sacoolas was revealed to be a former CIA agent.

The American woman's past may help to explain why the US Government refused to extradite her after being charged of causing death by dangerous driving over the crash near Croughton in August.

Mr Corbyn said: "The foreign secretary refused to tell the family of Harry Dunn the reason why the US is blocking the extradition of a woman who is alleged to have killed him.

"I now ask the prime minister straight this question: is Anne Sacoolas being shielded from justice because she's a former CIA officer?"

Mr Johnson responded: "I think the whole house will know that not only the foreign secretary but I, and at every level of Government, we have tirelessly sought the extradition of Anne Sacoolas for justice in this country and we will continue to do so."

Mr Corbyn read out a quote from Harry's mother, Charlotte Charles, about how the family thought they had 'bridged the gap' with the Government but they had not been honest.

The leader of the opposition asked the prime minister to seek an 'equal and balanced extradition relationship' with the United States as opposed to the current 'lop-sided' treaty.

Mr Johnson said: "To be frank, I think the honourable gentleman has a point in his characterisation of our extradition arrangements with the United States and I do think that there are elements of that relationship that are unbalanced and I certainly think it is worth looking at.

"But it is totally different from the case of Harry Dunn and Anne Sacoolas and we continue to seek the extradition of Anne Sacoolas to face justice in this country."

Mr Corbyn retorted: "It's everything to do with the USA that Anne Sacoolas has not been extradited back to Britain because the US refuses to do it because of this lop-sided treaty.

"I'm glad the prime minister at least acknowledges that."

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