Jeremy Hunt urges Donald Trump to treat Britain 'like allies' and extradite Anne Sacoolas

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File photo dated 12/07/19 of Jeremy Hunt who has called for an inquiry into the safety of maternity services amid reports of avoidable baby deaths at NHS hospitals.
Jeremy Hunt called on President Trump to intervene. (PA)

Jeremy Hunt has asked Donald Trump to treat the United Kingdom “like an ally” and extradite Anne Sacoolas over the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn.

The former foreign secretary said Ms Sacoolas being allowed to avoid justice in the UK is “totally and utterly unacceptable”.

He called on Mr Trump to act, arguing he did not think Britain “would have behaved in that way” if it was a British diplomat that had been involved in an accident.

“I think it is totally and utterly unacceptable that she is not facing justice in the UK,” he told Sky’s Ridge On Sunday.

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Mr Trump has previously refused Britain's attempts to have Ms Sacoolas extradited. (Getty)

“And I would just say to the United States I’m someone who is the strongest supporter of the special relationship, I think in a very uncertain world the democracies of the world need to stand together, but if we’re going to be in an alliance we need to treat each other like allies and that is not happening,” he added.

“And if anyone is questioning that I think we just need to ask what would have happened if the boot had been on the other foot, if a British diplomat had been involved in a road accident in the United States where someone had died and had fled on a private plane back to the UK and was evading justice – I don’t think President Trump would stand for that for one second.

“And I don’t think Britain would have behaved in that way.

Mr Hunt added that the US government “should send Anne Sacoolas back”.


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Mr Dunn died after a crash in Northamptonshire in August which led to Sacoolas leaving for the US under diplomatic immunity.

Extradition proceedings were launched last month, but were turned down by the US government.

Also on Sunday the Mail on Sunday reported that Ms Sacoolas had served as a spy with the CIA.

The mother of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn has criticised the Government following the reports.

Charlotte Charles said she and the rest of Dunn’s family were “full of anger” after hearing of Anne Sacoolas’s alleged past and asked of the British Government, “how could they do this to us?”

Mrs Charles said the fresh reports in a British newspaper took her back to the early days following her son’s death when she claims the Government “were trying to kick this all under the carpet”.

Responding to the latest reports, Mrs Charles said: “How could they do this to us?

“We have thrown ourselves into building relationships with the Government despite the terrible way they were treating us.

“We believe in giving people a second chance. But I am livid today and my family are full of anger.”

Mrs Charles added: “How could they keep this from us? This doesn’t affect the fact that Anne Sacoolas is coming back, which she is.

“But to hear this from them shows that they have not been candid with us at all and takes us back to those terrible days when they were trying to kick this all under the carpet.”