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Royal Hoax Could Spur Charges

December 22, 2012 by  

Royal Hoax Could Spur Charges, British detectives investigating the death of a nurse who took a prank phone call at a hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate have passed an evidence file to prosecutors, police said Saturday. Public prosecutors must decide whether the case is strong enough to bring charges over a stunt that was condemned around the world and fueled concerns about media ethics. Indian-born Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in her hospital lodgings in London, days after she answered the hoax call from an Australian radio station, an inquest heard.

She put the call through to a colleague who disclosed details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s condition during treatment for an extreme form of morning sickness in the early stages of pregnancy. “Officers submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for them to consider whether any potential offenses may have been committed by making the hoax call,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

A CPS spokesman confirmed it had received the file, but declined to comment on the timing or nature of possible charges. “That is what we will be considering,” he said.

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