FOREIGN AFFAIRS – HARRY DUNN DEATH & THE US REFUSAL TO WAIVE IMMUNITY – 21 October 2019
Dr Julian Lewis: Although the Foreign Secretary has given a very full account of the representations made to the American authorities, he has not given any narrative of what the American authorities said in return, in justification of their behaviour. Can he throw any light on what their attitude and excuses are, and can he at least confirm that it had nothing to do with the nature of this lady’s husband’s job?
[The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State (Dominic Raab): Nothing that was communicated to us touched on the point that my right hon. Friend made. There was not a particularly clear reason other than, as a matter of practice, the US made clear that it would not waive immunity in a case like this. I appreciate that, from the point of view of the family and, indeed, the Foreign Office, that is unsatisfactory.]