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President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sat down Thursday and discussed a variety of topics, including the 2019 death of British teen Harry Dunn in a crash with the wife of an American diplomat. She claimed diplomatic immunity and returned to the U.S., but many in the U.K. are still searching for justice. CBS News foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab joins CBSN with more.
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS: World leaders are already meeting in the UK for this year's G7 summit. But before that, President Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sat down yesterday and talked about a variety of topics, including the death of a UK teen by the wife of an American diplomat in 2019. She pled diplomatic immunity, and went back to the States. But many in the UK are still searching for justice. Imtiaz Tyab tells us more.
IMTIAZ TYAB: Well, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he and President Biden are "working together" to end a major diplomatic dispute over whether American Anne Sacools should face trial here in the UK over the death of Harry Dunn. Now, Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity shortly after the 19-year-old was killed when her car hit the motorbike he was traveling on.
Speaking at the G7 in Cornwall, Johnson said the president was "extremely sympathetic and actively engaged in the case." Mr. Biden has been open about losing his own first wife, Neilia, and their one-year-old daughter, Naomi, in a car crash in 1972, and the trauma it caused him and his surviving sons, Hunter and Beau. Now, Harry Dunn's mother Charlotte Charles said she couldn't be more grateful the president is involved.
Now, we here at CBS News have been covering this case from the very beginning, including when former President Donald Trump invited Harry Dunn's parents to the White House in late 2019, where, unknown to them, Anne Sacoolas was waiting in an adjoining room. The families say they declined a meeting with her, saying they weren't emotionally ready, and later described their experience at the White House as "traumatic," and as a publicity stunt.
Now, Harry Dunn's family have been campaigning for Sacoolas to be stripped of the diplomatic immunity she claimed as the spouse of a US intelligence officer working overseas, and face a British court over the death. If convicted, she could face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Now, Dunn's family have also brought a civil claim against Sacoolas in Virginia, where she currently lives, for unspecified damages. Anne-Marie. Vlad.
VLADIMIR DUTHIERS: Imtiaz, thank you very much.