Interpol issues wanted notice for wife of U.S. diplomat sought over fatal UK car crash - ITV

LONDON (Reuters) - Interpol has issued a wanted notice for Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, who is wanted in Britain over a fatal car crash in a case that has caused friction between London and Washington, ITV reported on Monday. 'An Interpol Red Notice has been issued for 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S

Reuters May 12, 2020 01:10:32 IST
Interpol issues wanted notice for wife of U.S. diplomat sought over fatal UK car crash - ITV

Interpol issues wanted notice for wife of US diplomat sought over fatal UK car crash  ITV

LONDON (Reuters) - Interpol has issued a wanted notice for Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. diplomat, who is wanted in Britain over a fatal car crash in a case that has caused friction between London and Washington, ITV reported on Monday.

"An Interpol Red Notice has been issued for 42-year-old Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a U.S. intelligence official charged with causing the death of teenage motorcyclist Harry Dunn by dangerous driving," ITV reporter Adam Clark said on Twitter.

Interpol's website says a Red Notice is "a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action." Interpol issues such requests at the request of a member country, and they are not an international arrest warrant.

Interpol did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.

Britain's Crown Prosecution Service did not confirm the ITV report but said in a statement that it still wanted Sacoolas to stand trial in Britain.

"We will continue to do everything we can to seek to ensure that happens. We are unable, however, to give any explanation of what steps may or may not be taken, because to do so may compromise operational effectiveness,” the spokesman said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman reiterated criticism of the United States for refusing to extradite Sacoolas, saying it was a "denial of justice" and she should return to the UK.

The U.S. State Department has said Sacoolas had diplomatic immunity and that to extradite her would set "an extraordinarily troubling precedent".

The case prompted an intervention from President Donald Trump in October last year, when he hosted Dunn's parents at the White House and tried unsuccessfully to persuade them to meet with Sacoolas, without having given them prior notice that she was in the building.

Asked about the ITV report, Britain's interior ministry said any dealings with Interpol would be handled by the police force local to the incident. That local police force did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

(Reporting by William James, Andy Bruce and Kylie MacLellan, editing by Estelle Shirbon)

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