Britain may press charges against Oz RJs over hoax call
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British prosecutors are weighing whether to press charges over a royal hoax call that preceded a nurse's apparent suicide, police said Saturday.
Two Australian RJs impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, as they phoned London's King Edward VII hospital on December 4 to ask about the condition of the Duchess of Cambridge, formerly Kate Middleton, who had been hospitalised there.
The RJs, 2DayFM's Mel Greig and Michael Christian, apologised for the prank. The show was taken off the air and the DJs have been suspended.
In a statement, London's Metropolitan Police said that they had submitted a file to Britain's Crown Prosecution Service "to consider whether any potential offences may have been committed by making the hoax call.''
It's not clear what charges, if any, prosecutors were considering. It has not been disclosed what possible offences Scotland Yard have been pursuing, but detectives are thought to have examined whether the RJs breached the Data Protection Act. The legislation makes it an offence to "knowingly or recklessly... obtain or disclose personal data or the information contained in personal data".
The Data Protection Act offence 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.
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