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President Joe Biden is 'actively engaged and extremely sympathetic' in the case of motorcyclist Harry Dunn, Boris Johnson reveals at G7 ahead of Court of Appeal challenge against suspect Anne Sacoolas's diplomatic immunity

 President Joe Biden is 'actively engaged' and 'extremely sympathetic' in the case of motorcyclist Harry Dunn, Boris Johnson said following their first in-person meeting.

The leaders discussed the 19-year-old, who was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike outside a military base in Northamptonshire in August 2019, ahead of the G7 summit of world leaders in Cornwall.

Mr Johnson said President Biden has 'his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue,' adding he was 'extremely sympathetic' during their discussion. 

The death of Harry sparked an international controversy after suspect Anne Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US Government.       

Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official based at RAF Croughton, has since been charged with causing the teenager's death by dangerous driving. 

Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme, Harry's mother Charlotte Charles said she would welcome the opportunity to meet President Biden after their encounter with Donald Trump 'clearly didn't go well.' 

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike in August 2019

Harry Dunn, 19, was killed when a car crashed into his motorbike in August 2019 

Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden discussed the case in their first face-to-face meeting

Boris Johnson and President Joe Biden discussed the case in their first face-to-face meeting

The Prime Minister was asked if there had been any progress made on the case following his first face-to-face meeting with President Biden yesterday.  

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Johnson said: 'You should really - when you get the chance - put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case.

'As you know, he has his own personal reasons for feeling very deeply about the issue. And he was extremely sympathetic, but this is not something that either government can control very easily because there are legal processes that are still going on.

'But he did express a great deal of sympathy, as indeed this government continues to do for the family of Harry Dunn.'

He added both the US executive and legal and judiciary system were 'working together'.


Harry's mother Ms Charles said she would welcome the opportunity to meet President Biden after their encounter with Trump in October 2019 'clearly didn't go well.'

She added: 'We had a pretty nasty trick played on us that has left some quite deep emotional scars to be honest. It was one horrific day.

'So absolutely, we would very much welcome a meeting with President Biden, considering he has got personal experience of what we are going through.'        

Anne Sacoolas, 43, had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US Government and was able to return to her home country 19 days after the collision

Anne Sacoolas, 43, had diplomatic immunity asserted on her behalf by the US Government and was able to return to her home country 19 days after the collision 

The Dunn family said they were pleased to see the case raised at the 'first available opportunity'. Pictured: Harry's parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn

The Dunn family said they were pleased to see the case raised at the 'first available opportunity'. Pictured: Harry's parents Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn

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The Dunn family earlier said they were pleased to see Harry's case raised at the 'first available opportunity'.

Speaking yesterday, family spokesman Radd Seiger said: 'Harry's parents are very pleased to see that the PM has taken the opportunity to raise the case with President Biden at the first available opportunity.

'This rightly shows just how important this issue is and we are very grateful to the Prime Minister and his team for doing so. 


'As all parties know there is no greater force on earth than the love between a mother and child. The family will continue to pursue justice until it is done.'

The Dunn family have challenged the diplomatic immunity asserted on Sacoolas's behalf, which will be heard in the Court of Appeal next year.

Harry's parents, Ms Charles and Tim Dunn, have also brought a civil claim against the suspect and her husband in the US state of Virginia.  

Ms Charles today recalled her family's meeting with former US president Trump in October 2019, when she was informed that Anne Sacoolas was in a nearby room.

She said: 'We shouldn't have been shocked with Mr Trump's record prior to that. 

'But it's still a massive shock when you are still in shock from having lost your son.

'We had only lost Harry seven or eight weeks beforehand. To then be told all of a sudden that she was in the room next door... it wouldn't have been good for us.

'We weren't even aware that we were seeing President Trump.

'We rocked up at the White House, having received the invitation. We were just told that we were going to see a senior official.

'Not for a second did we think that it would be Mr Trump... we had to just roll with the punches like we always do and take it in our stride and just face everything head-on, which seems to be pretty much our lives over the last 22 months.'

She added it meant a 'tremendous amount' that Mr Johnson and President Biden had discussed her son's case at the earliest possible opportunity.   

'We couldn't be more grateful, it means a lot to us,' Ms Charles said.

'It's good to hear that it's being discussed at the highest of levels but we are clearly anxious to await further information to see exactly where the comments made yesterday will lead to.

The Prime Minister was asked if there had been any progress made on the case following his first face-to-face meeting with President Biden yesterday. Pictured: Mr Johnson and President Biden in Cornwall yesterday

The Prime Minister was asked if there had been any progress made on the case following his first face-to-face meeting with President Biden yesterday. Pictured: Mr Johnson and President Biden in Cornwall yesterday

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Johnson (above) said: 'You should really - when you get the chance - put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case'

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Johnson (above) said: 'You should really - when you get the chance - put your question to the president because he is actively engaged in the case'

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'My hope, as always, my family's hope as always, is to ensure that I can complete my promise to Harry. We will not rest until justice is done.'   

Asked whether a civil claim lodged in the US could represent justice for Harry, if the US continues to assert suspect Sacoolas' diplomatic immunity, Ms Charles added: 'No. Justice means standing up and accepting accountability for your actions.

'The civil claim is extremely separate to the criminal case.

'So justice still needs to be done here in the UK. That's always been my goal - that isn't going to change.

'She needs to face UK jurisdiction, it has to be done.'

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