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Monday 22nd September 2014 12:18 EDT

Rt Hon Keith Vaz, the MP for Leicester East and the Chairman for the Home Affairs Select Committee, outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the inquest of Jacintha Saldanha who died on the 8th December 2012. He is pictured with her husband Benedict Barboza, their children Lisha and Junal, family friend Steven Almeida and lawyer John Cooper QC.

Jacintha Saldanha, 46, who lived in Southmead, Bristol with her family, was working at the King Edward VII Hospital in London in December 2012 when the Duchess of Cambridge was treated for acute morning sickness. She was found dead by apparent suicide, three days after receiving a hoax call. The prank call was part of the Hot30 Countdown radio programme, broadcast on the Austereo-owned station 2Day FM in Sydney, Australia. In it, the hosts Mel Greig and Mike Christian impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales enquiring about the health of the Duchess of Cambridge, who was, at the time, a patient staying at the hospital. Saldhana fell for the hoax and transferred the call to the nurse looking after the Duchess. A hospital spokesperson said that she was the "victim of a cruel journalistic trick". Saldanha was from India, lived in Oman for a number of years, before finally moving to Britain for about 10 years.

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