Family of Harry Dunn to bring private prosecution against Dominic Raab – The Guardian

‘The family of Harry Dunn, the 19-year-old killed on 27 August last year after being hit by a car driven by the wife of a US intelligence officer, intends to bring a private criminal prosecution against the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 28th May 2020

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Interpol Red Notice issued against Anne Sacoolas – is prosecution in the UK possible? – 5SAH

‘Last December, Anne Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a road traffic accident in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn lost his life. It is alleged that she was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time. Mrs Sacoolas’ husband was employed in some official capacity at a United States Air Force communication station based at RAF Croughton.’

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5SAH, 13th May 2020

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Harry Dunn crash: Anne Sacoolas extradition refusal ‘final’ – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2020 in accidents, diplomats, extradition, immunity, news, road traffic by sally

‘The US has said its decision to refuse an extradition request for Harry Dunn’s alleged killer was final.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2020

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Harry Dunn death: diplomatic immunity for Anne Sacoolas ‘illogical’ – The Guardian

‘Britain agreed to let Anne Sacoolas, the driver charged with killing 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn, return to the US on the basis of an “apparently illogical” interpretation of the law on diplomatic immunity, according to the most senior civil servant at the Foreign Office.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2020

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High Court judge highlights clash between diplomatic immunity and child protection – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court case has highlighted a “virtually insoluble dilemma” between diplomatic immunity and child protection, leading Mr Justice Mostyn to call for an amendment to the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2020

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Harry Dunn lawyers call for High Court to publish US secret immunity papers – The Guardian

‘Lawyers acting for a teenager who died after a collision with a car allegedly driven by an American woman want the High Court to publish a secret document protecting her from prosecution.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2020

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Diplomatic immunity and leapfrog – 3PB

Posted February 20th, 2020 in appeals, diplomats, employment tribunals, immunity, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘The EAT has given permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court for the first time, on the issue of scope of diplomatic immunity.’

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3PB, 7th February 2020

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Basfar v Wong – Diplomatic Immunity, Human Trafficking and “Commercial Activities” Revisited – Littleton Chambers

‘The EAT has handed down its judgment in Basfar v Wong UKEAT/0223/19/BA, holding that the defence of diplomatic immunity applied in circumstances where the Claimant alleged she had been trafficked by her diplomat employer. However, it also granted the Claimant the first ever ‘leapfrog’ certificate direct from the EAT to the Supreme Court, and the matter looks set to continue.’

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Littleton Chambers, 4th February 2020

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Harry Dunn’s family starts legal action against Foreign Office – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2019 in diplomats, government departments, immunity, judicial review, news, road traffic by sally

‘The family of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn have launched a legal action against the Foreign Office which they said could cost them “upwards of £50,000”.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2019

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Diplomatic immunity and the Dunn case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 31st, 2019 in diplomats, immunity, news, road traffic by sally

‘The death of Harry Dunn, who was struck by a vehicle allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road in August, led to a diplomatic spat over the asserted diplomatic immunity of the driver, Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US intelligence official believed to work for the CIA based at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th October 2019

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Harry Dunn’s family to begin legal action against Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of Harry Dunn will shortly issue a letter of claim to begin legal action against the Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police, spokesman Radd Seiger said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2019

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Diplomatic immunity review launched after Harry Dunn case – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2019 in diplomats, immunity, news, road traffic offences by tracey

‘The foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has commissioned a review into immunity arrangements for US personnel and their families at an RAF base following the death of Harry Dunn.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2019

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UK’s First Human Rights Ambassador Could Become A ‘Laughing Stock’, Barrister Warns – Rights Info

Posted May 22nd, 2019 in barristers, diplomats, human rights, news, standards by sally

‘The UK’s first ever international human rights ambassador will become a “laughing stock” if the government does not practice what it preaches, a former chairwoman of the Bar human rights committee has warned.’

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Rights Info, 20th May 2019

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Diplomats can no longer hide behind immunity, legal experts claim, after “abusive” attaché withdraws defence – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 14th, 2019 in diplomats, employment tribunals, human rights, immunity, news by tracey

‘Diplomats will no longer be able to conceal their “vile conduct” with immunity, legal experts claim, after a Qatari attaché who allegedly called his driver a “black slave” scrapped his defence. ‘

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Daily Telegraph, 13th March 2019

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Boris Becker ends diplomatic immunity defence from bankruptcy – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2018 in bankruptcy, diplomats, immunity, news by tracey

‘The former world No 1 tennis player Boris Becker has dropped his claim to have diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy. The three-time Wimbledon champion had argued his appointment by the Central African Republic as a sporting, cultural and humanitarian attache to the European Union meant he could not be subjected to legal proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 3rd December 2018

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Brexit as a revolution – Law Pod UK

Posted October 18th, 2018 in brexit, diplomats, EC law, podcasts by sally

‘Professor Catherine Barnard has this exclusive interview with Sir Ivan Rogers, the former UK Ambassador to the EU, following his speech to Trinity College Cambridge last week. They discuss the themes of this speech which can be found in full on the Trinity College website.’

Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity to avoid bankruptcy – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2018 in bankruptcy, diplomats, immunity, news by tracey

‘Former world tennis number one Boris Becker has claimed diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings – citing his role as a sports attache to the Central African Republic.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2018

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Britain rejects request to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status amid reports of Ecuadorean citizenship – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2018 in asylum, citizenship, diplomats, embassies, extradition, news by tracey

‘The Foreign Office turned down a request from the Ecuadorian government to grant Julian Assange diplomatic status, amid reports the WikiLeaks founder may have received citizenship from the Andean country.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th January 2018

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Reyes v Al-Malki – Blackstone Chambers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in diplomats, immunity, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘The Supreme Court has unanimously found that a former diplomat would not be entitled to diplomatic immunity in relation a claim of human trafficking brought by a domestic worker because the worker’s employment and alleged treatment would not constitute acts performed in the course of the diplomat’s official functions (within the meaning of Articles 31(1)(c) and 39(2) of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations).’

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Blackstone Chambers, 18th October 2017

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Supreme Court: state immunity rules incompatible with Article 6 – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 20th, 2017 in diplomats, news, state immunity, unfair dismissal by sally

‘If you work for an embassy in London and are not a UK national, you cannot sue your employing state when you get unfairly dismissed. But if you enter a commercial contract with the same embassy, you can sue them.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th October 2017

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