Aus radio pranksters could be charged

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IOL news dec22 Michael Christian and Mel Greig

AFP

Handout photo from Channel Nine Network news discussion show Sydney radio station 2Day FM presenters Michael Christian (L) and Mel Greig.

Authorities say that prosecutors are weighing whether to press charges over a royal hoax call that preceded a nurse's apparent suicide.

Two Australian DJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, as they phoned London's King Edward VII hospital earlier this month to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, who had been hospitalized there after suffering from acute morning sickness stemming from her pregnancy.

The DJs' fake upper-crust accents apparently fooled 46-year-old nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who put them through to a colleague who in turn described the details of Kate's condition.

Saldanha's body was found hanging in her room three days after the prank was broadcast across the world.

Police said Saturday that prosecutors were examining the case. -Sapa-AP


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