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Anne Sacoolas ‘willing to discuss’ virtual trial over Harry Dunn’s death, lawyers say

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Biker’s family insists that any proceedings take place under English law, not American, as the US government wants

Anne Sacoolas, who is alleged to have killed motorcyclist Harry Dunn in a traffic crash last year, is “willing to discuss” facing an online trial in an English court, her lawyers have said.

Ms Sacoolas has been charged with causing the 19-year-old’s death by dangerous driving following the crash outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire in August last year.

The 43-year-old American left the UK following the crash, claiming diplomatic immunity. But the director of public prosecutions (DPP) concluded – in opposition to Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary – that Ms Sacoolas did not in fact have that immunity.

Her lawyers said in a statement late on Thursday: “We have been and remain willing to discuss a resolution, including the possibility of virtual proceedings, with the UK authorities.

“Anne has never tried to avoid being held accountable for the tragic accident and she would like nothing more than to find a path forward and to provide the family some measure of peace.”

Suella Braverman QC, the attorney general, is considering the virtual trial idea despite a letter sent by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to the family’s constituency MP Andrea Leadsom on Monday, which described it as “an unprecedented legal scenario”.

The letter, sent by the director of legal service at the CPS Gregor McGill and seen by the Press Association news agency, read: “Nothing at this stage has been ruled in or ruled out but it must be…

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