Fergie faces 22 years in Turkish prison over secret film of children abandoned in orphanage

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  • They say she ‘violated’ children’s privacy
  • She was told by Home Office the case was closed

By Rebecca English and Jack Doyle

Last updated at 9:59 AM on 13th January 2012

The Duchess of York faces 22 years in jail after a Turkish court pressed charges against her for secretly filming in an orphanage.

The charges relate to an undercover documentary Sarah Ferguson made with ITV in 2008 to expose ‘appalling’ conditions in state run institutions.

A spokesman for the Duchess said: ‘The Duchess of York has fully co-operated with both the Turkish and British authorities at all times on this issue.

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Undercover: Sarah Ferguson pictured in Turkey for the controversial ITV documentary filmed in 2008Undercover: Sarah Ferguson pictured in Turkey for the controversial ITV documentary filmed in 2008

 

Caring: Sarah Ferguson talks to a child at the orphanage in Ankara, where children with mental illness suffered horrific abuseCaring: Sarah Ferguson talks to a child at the orphanage in Ankara, where children with mental illness suffered horrific abuse

 

‘British ministers refused to accede to the further requests for legal assistance from Turkey. From a UK perspective, the Duchess has been told by the Home Office that the case is closed.

The action today reported by the Turkish authorities is news to all.’

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2 Replies to “Fergie faces 22 years in Turkish prison over secret film of children abandoned in orphanage”

  1. Oh my, 22 years? is that all?

    Fergie should stop the grovelling and do the Turkish state authorities for the blatant breach of her human rights. Fergie( a private individual) has been treated like an international futigive on the run, hounded, harassed and even threatened with extadiction since 2008. Her crime: exposing the conditions inside a state run orphanage in Turkey. No one can argue that this was not done in the interests of the welfare of the children. It is also a public interest issue as well as an international one. Uncover journalism plays a major role is such matters for obvious reasons. The welfare of the children takes precedence over everything else in such matters! What a disgrace!

  2. I cant remember who said it but you can always judge a society by how it treats it disabled. That said if the turks didn’t marry their cousins the problem would not be so bad perhaps?

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