2013年1月9日水曜日

英看護士自殺幇助審理

英皇太子妃付看護士自殺の一因とされた豪州のRJは、スコットランド
ヤードから、問合せはあったが、要請がないため、嫌疑を受けないようだ。
スコットランドヤードは、公訴局(?)に書類を提出したが、「公訴局は、
RJの告発は困難と判断した(検討中説有)」と豪州の関係者はみているようだ。
審理は、3月の予定。

自殺した看護士は、印から移民、配偶者有、子供二人、印での葬儀等個人
情報の暴露が続く。遺書に書かれていたとされる「電話対応後の病院同僚
の対応」については、報道が見当たらない。
自殺した看護士の家族への支援は、印マンガロール地方のカソリック教徒ら
が活動し、情報提供も行っているようだ。
だから、移民や社会的地位の低さ等の報道が多いのかもしれない。
寄付金を受け取ったかどうかは不明なまま。
自殺の原因も不明だから、容疑者はおらず、審理は何をするのだろうか。

au DJ.Rupert Murdoch


---Thereby hangs a tale---
Farrukh Dhondy
January 03, 2013
First Published: 22:14 IST(3/1/2013)
Last Updated: 07:19 IST(4/1/2013)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/editorial-views-on/Editorials/Thereby-hangs-a-tale/Article1-984605.aspx

The inquest into the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha has been postponed until March. The world knows that Saldanha was the victim of a hoax call by two Australian radio disc jockeys (DJs) while she was the chief nurse at the King Edward VII hospital where Kate Windsor (nee Middleton) was being
treated for morning sickness.

The DJs posed as Queen Elizabeth II, the grandmother-in-law of Kate and as her father-in-law Prince Charles. Nurse Saldanha fell for it and dutifully passed on the call to the nurse who could directly report on Kate's current condition.

Morning sickness occasioned by pregnancy, however severe, is not in the big league of illnesses and there couldn't have been too much to say. It was not even as though it was deemed a risky pregnancy. It was an unpleasant illness but considered routine.

All news of Kate's condition was eclipsed by the fact that nurse Jacintha, a British immigrant from Mangalore, committed suicide by hanging herself in her nurse's quarters after the Australian radio station transmitted their hoax call.

The newspapers report that Saldanha left three suicide notes. The contents of these will not be revealed till the inquest takes place. Did falling for the hoax call cause Saldanha to kill herself?

Without wishing to be callous, trying to judge events from a common-sensical point of view, it seems absurd that one would kill oneself, leaving behind two children 17 and 14, because some idiot Australians had managed to lure you into believing that their mimicry was the authentic voice of the Queen.

It's not as though she was the butt of a practical joke. The administration of the hospital has clearly and loudly stated that no action was taken against the nurses who accepted or acted on the hoax call. Saldanha was not reprimanded, disciplined or sanctioned in any way. Undoubtedly, questions were asked which she answered but the hospital has indicated that they feel their staff acted with the best possible motive and quite correctly.

Suppose the callers had been the Queen and the Prince of Wales. It is totally credible that in this circumstance they would have behaved like normal human beings and made a phone call to the hospital to enquire after their precious Duchess.

The suicide remains a mystery. Killing yourself by hanging, even though as a nurse one probably has access to a cornucopia of lethal drugs, seems an unfathomable reaction to being fooled by a silly hoax. So why?

Kate's pregnancy was, as royalty is in tribal Britain a central focus of idle curiosity, big national news. Some of the commentary on her pregnancy featured the question of succession to the throne. If Kate's baby is a girl she will automatically be the person to be Queen after Prince Charles and her father Prince William, unless Kate subsequently gives birth to a boy who will then supersede the girl's entitlement.

But in contemporary Britain there's another big 'unless'. Public and political opinion is in favour of changing the law of primogeniture so that if the royal girl-child is older she would retain her place in the succession even if a younger brother were born.

The pressure of news may have caused nurse Saldanha to feel that she was in some dutiful sense part of the circus on which the world's attention was focused. Then came the hoax call and the feeling that she had had a direct request from the Queen. Then the revelation that it had all been a hoax. Even so, facing people who may have said 'ho ho, you fell for it' shouldn't have occasioned the degree of shame that would lead one to kill oneself.

A recording of the hoax call was transmitted and in my judgement the DJ hoaxers didn't convince me that they were the Queen or Prince Charles. The accents and idiom were just wrong. But Saldanha was not to know. Perhaps she felt she had betrayed a trust and felt so deeply about a duty to the royalty that she took the tragic, drastic and horrific step.

Saldanha was an innocent party. Not so Captain Rustom Nagarwalla who, in 1971, phoned the State Bank of India imitating Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's voice and asking the duty cashier to hand over Rs. 60 lakh to a Bengali contact who would collect the money. The bluff worked and the money was handed over.  When the hoax was exposed by the cashier himself, Nagarwalla was arrested.

Opposition parties at the time pointed the finger at the PM, accusing her of corrupt practices. The incident was followed by two deaths - the investigating police officer died in a car crash soon after and Nagarwalla, who was arrested and jailed, died in custody a year after, allegedly of a heart attack.

Nagarwalla's hoax had a point. He was allegedly exposing corruption in high places. Forty years later the two deaths that ensued may still be considered suspicious.

The suicide of nurse Saldanha remains, perhaps until the inquest, a socio-psychological if not a forensic mystery.


---Royal hoax call: 'no decision taken' on whether to charge Australian DJs---
Press Association
guardian.co.uk, Friday 28 December 2012 14.35 GMT   
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/28/royal-hoax-call-australian-djs

Crown Prosecution Service says file is still under consideration after senior Australian police officer says charges are unlikely

No decision has yet been taken on whether to charge two Australian DJs over a prank call to the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for morning sickness, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

It came as a senior Australian police officer reportedly said Mel Greig and Michael Christian of 2Day FM were unlikely to face charges in connection with the death of the nurse Jacintha Saldanha on 7 December.

Saldanha, 46, was found hanged in her quarters three days after she transferred the call from Greig and Christian to a colleague at London's King Edward VII's hospital, who then described Kate's condition in detail.

Scotland Yard said before Christmas that it had submitted a file to the CPS on 19 December "for them to consider whether any potential offences may have been committed by making the hoax call".

A CPS spokesman said: "It [the file] is still under consideration."

Saldanha left two notes in her room, Westminster coroner's court in London heard as an inquest was opened and adjourned.

Greig and Christian spoke of their grief on Australian television soon after the nurse's death. They said their prank had prompted "a tragic turn of events no one could have predicted or expected".

The Australian Daily Telegraph reported the New South Wales deputy police commissioner, Nick Kaldas, as saying Scotland Yard had not asked for any further information or to interview the two Sydney-based radio hosts.

"Nor do we expect there to be any requests," he told the paper. "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."


---Jacintha Suicide Case: Australian RJs Not to be Charged---
Friday, December 28, 2012 9:38:09 PM (IST) 
http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=159412

London, Dec 28 (IANS): The two Australian radio presenters whose prank call was blamed for the suicide of Mangalore-origin nurse Jacintha Saldanha are unlikely to face charges, a media report said Friday.

Saldanha, 46, was found hanging days after being tricked. She put the Australians' prank call through to pregnant Duchess Kate's hospital room where she was being treated for morning sickness.

Police in Sydney Thursday said that no request has been received from Scotland Yard to interview the radio pranksters -- Mel Greig, 30, and Michael Christian, 25.

"Nor do we expect there to be any requests," The Sun quoted Sydney police chief Nick Kaldas as saying.

British police submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service last week, but their Australian counterparts believe it would be difficult to find a charge that could be laid against the 2Day FM hosts.

Greig and Christian rang London's King Edward VII Hospital pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. Saldanha was found dead three days later.

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