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Royal Hoax DJs 'Unlikely To Face Charges'
Two Australian DJs who made a hoax call to the hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge are unlikely to face charges.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, Australian police say it is "unlikely any charges will be laid" against the 2day FM presenters, who were put through to the ward caring for Prince William's pregnant wife.
Indian-born nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found dead three days after transferring the call to a colleague at London's King Edward VII's Hospital who divulged details about Kate's recovery from severe morning sickness.
Scotland Yard sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether to pursue charges against presenters Mel Greig and Michael Christian.
But New South Wales (NSW) state Deputy Police Commissioner Nick Kaldas said Scotland Yard had not asked for any further information or to interview the two hosts, who made tearful apologies on television.
"Nor do we expect there to be any requests," he was quoted as saying by News Limited newspapers.
"There was some initial contact after the death of Jacintha Saldanha but not a lot since and because of the passage of time we believe it is unlikely any charges will be laid."
At the nurse's recent funeral in India, her widower Benedict Barboza and the couple's two teenage children said British police were investigating the tragedy "and they have assured us of a full and fair investigation".
An inquest heard that Ms Saldanha was found hanged in staff accommodation and there were no suspicious circumstances over her death. She also had marks on her wrist.
She left three notes, two in her room and another among her personal possessions.
British detectives told the inquest they would be asking their counterparts in New South Wales to help them carry out interviews.
When asked by Sky News for comment, Mr Kaldas said in a statement: "NSW Police Force are happy to assist Scotland Yard in whatever way they need, but we have not received any request for actual assistance at this stage.
"We will await the outcome of the investigation in the UK and it would be inappropriate to comment on the Scotland Yard investigation."
Greig and Christian, who have received death threats, posed as the Queen and William's father Prince Charles during the prank call and obtained private details of Kate's medical condition.
The station has cancelled the DJs' show, suspended prank calls and pledged at least AUS$500,000 (£320,000) to help the grieving family.
Australia's media watchdog has also opened an investigation into the call.