Sarah Ferguson charges: Is the Duchess going to jail?

Jan 13, 2012 at 6:25 p.m. ET

Sarah Ferguson is in hot water with the Turkish government for a four-year-old documentary. Will beleaguered Duchess go to jail?

Sarah FergusonSarah Ferguson is facing 22 years in a Turkish prison over a 2008 undercover documentary about the conditions in Turkish orphanages.

A Turkish court has accused the Duchess of York -- mom to Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie and ex-wife of Prince Andrew -- of "going against the law in acquiring footage and violating privacy" of children featured in the exposé, according to Turkey's Anatolian news agency.

In Duchess and Daughters: Their Secret Mission, Fergie and the two princesses visited an orphanage near Ankara, Turkey and discovered disabled "inmates" tied to beds and being confined to cribs with no care.

The Turkish government accused Fergie of participating in a plot to keep the country out of the European Union by slandering them -- but the famous redhead says her only motivation was to help kids.

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"I am a human rights activist for children. I'm apolitical and multi-faith. I go with the governments, not against them," she told Reuters in 2009.

"But I will be a foghorn for silent whisperers if I feel that children are not given the life that they should be given. In other words if they're in institutions and haven't even seen the light of day, that doesn't sit well with me."

So should the Duchess be worried about spending the next two decades in a Turkish prison? Absolutely not, say British authorities.

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"It has to be an offense in both the countries' laws. It's not an offense in U.K. law, so the Duchess won't be extradited," a source for the British interior ministry said.

A spokesman for the ministry confirmed, "A judge is required to refuse an extradition request if there is no equivalent offense in British law."

Sounds like Fergie is off the hook.

Watch a clip from Sara Ferguson's Turkish orphanage exposé: 

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