Criminal charges being considered over 2DayFM hoax call


2Day FM Sydney Australia DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who made a hoax call to a hospital treating pregnant Duchess Kate, could face criminal prosecution in Britain after police passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Scotland Yard has been investigating the circumstances that led up to the apparent suicide of Indian-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha, a nurse at the King Edward VII Hospital, after she answered the phone call from the duo pretending to be members of the Royal Family.

CPS will to review whether “any potential offenses may have been committed by making the hoax call.”

Detectives examining whether the DJs breached the Data Protection Act, which is punishable by a fine rather than imprisonment – up to a 5,000 pounds fine in the magistrates’ court or an unlimited fine in the Crown court, reports ANI/Yahoo! News

According to the legislation, it is an offense to knowingly or recklessly obtain or disclose personal data or the information contained in personal data, the UK Telegraph reported.

It is unclear whether the DJs could face extradition from Australia to Britain if the CPS decides there is a reasonable chance of securing a conviction in the courts.

Saldanha wrote in one of her three suicide notes that she expressed “deep anger” against the DJs and held them responsible for her death.

See the ANI/Yahoo! News story here