Sunday 27 May 2018

Duchess of York on trial in Turkey

The Duchess of York is being tried in absentia in Turkey over undercover filming in an orphanage (AP)
The Duchess of York is being tried in absentia in Turkey over undercover filming in an orphanage (AP)

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A court in Ankara has begun a trial against the Duchess of York for allegedly taking part in the secret filming of orphanages in the country, Turkey's state-run news agency said.

The Anadolu Agency said the former Sarah Ferguson, who is being tried in absentia, faces charges of going "against the law in acquiring footage and violating privacy" of five children.

If convicted, she could receive a maximum sentence of 22 years and six months in prison. The trial began on Friday.

The Duchess allegedly made an undercover trip to Turkey in 2008 during which two state-run orphanages outside Ankara were secretly filmed for the ITV program Duchess and Daughters: Their Secret Mission.

Anadolu quoted her lawyer Cansu Sahin as saying she is seeking an out-of-court settlement.

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