Interpol issues 'red notice' for arrest of US diplomat's wife who killed motorcyclist in UK
By DAVID MATTHEWS | The New York Daily News | Published: May 11, 2020
NEW YORK (Tribune News Service) — Interpol has issued a red notice for the arrest of Anne Sacoolas, the U.S. woman who killed a 19-year-old motorcyclist in an automobile collision in the U.K. in 2019.
Sacoolas, 42, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving in December after her car struck Harry Dunn’s motorcycle outside a U.S. military base in Northamptonshire last August.
Sacoolas was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the road at the time of the crash.
A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action. Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. intelligence official, claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later rejected an extradition request.
A spokesperson for the State Department said its official position is that Sacoolas was immune from criminal prosecution during her entire stay in the U.K.
The Northamptonshire police, in an email to Dunn’s parents, said Sacoolas would only be arrested if she traveled to a country under Interpol’s jurisdiction, but that Interpol’s red notice meant Sacoolas’ diplomatic immunity claim was in dispute.
“It is time for her to come back to the UK and on behalf of the family I urge the authorities in both London and Washington to make that happen. It is time to do the right thing," Radd Seiger, a spokesperson for Dunn’s family, wrote on Twitter.