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Fergie charged by Turkish court over orphans film

The Duchess of York secretly filmed orphanages in Turkey for a 2008 ITV documentary – but Turkey now says she broke the law.

Sarah Ferguson, pictured at an event in London last November
Sarah Ferguson, pictured at an event in London last November
Image: Suzan/Suzan/EMPICS Entertainment

DUCHESS OF YORK Sarah Ferguson has been charged by a Turkish court for allegedly illegally filming children in an orphanage in the country for a television documentary.

She faces a maximum term  of more than 22 years in prison if convicted.

Ferguson visited orphans near Turkish capital Ankara as part of a documentary for ITV’s Tonight programme in 2008.

She has now been accused of going “against the law in acquiring footage and violating privacy” of five of the children who were filmed, the BBC reports.

Ferguson was charged in absentia in a court today.

The former wife of Britain’s Prince Andrew travelled  to Turkey in 2008 to investigate conditions in the orphanages. The documentary showed images of children tied to their beds or left in cribs unattended, according to AP.

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It is not known why it has taken almost four years for charges to be brought. A trial date has not yet been set.

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- Additional reporting by the Associated Press

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