Australian mother Sally Faulkner has requested her estranged husband drop all Lebanese abduction charges against her in exchange for her renouncement of custody claims.

Sally and four members of a Channel Nine 60 Minutes crew were among a group of people arrested in Beirut after a botched attempt to retrieve Sally’s children.

If her father’s children Ali el-Amien agrees to drop the charges, Sally will give up the sole custody of her children granted to her by the Family Court in Australia.

The current Australian Family court ruling over the case granted on December 15, even allows for Australian Police or agents appointed by Sally to legally retrieve her children.  Unfortunately, Sally did not register the orders in Lebanon.

Sally’s Lebanese lawyer Ghassan Moghabghab said: “It’s a very strong judgement and we are sorry that it’s not being used.  Especially when you read the articles of the judgement, it was obviously 100 per cent to her favour.”

Ali got his own custody ruling from a religious court in Lebanon, but it is not clear when it was issued.

The ABC is reporting that it has been told the Lebanese judge views the recovery as a mother trying to reunite with her children, not as a kidnapping.

Sally also reportedly hopes for the right to see her children whenever she wants in Lebanon, Australia or a third country.

If Ali agrees to drop charges against Sally, she would likely be released on bail and it could reduce the severity of charges against all involved.

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  • Such a complex situation. Think she needs better legal advise too.


  • Hmmmm, they’re still locked up so I’m guessing all this info hasn’t helped. So glad I never had to experience custody issues, so many separations involving children quickly become ugly. I think in these situations the parents lose sight of what’s most important…….the children :(


  • What a crappy situation, although i don’t think i could give up custody of my kids.


  • Such a shame she didnt seek good professional advice before heading to the other side of the World. Sadly the way things have been handled they have broken the law by not taking the legal steps and thats put everyone involved in such a bad position. Im stunned that the 60minutes team didnt do their research and find out the correct way to handle things :(


  • This lady needs better legal advice. She should stand her ground and not agree to any of her ex-husband’s demands. She has Australian law on her side and all she needs to do now is to wait for common sense to prevail. Also, doesn’t the father realise that if he keeps these children away from their mother, they will grow up to resent him?


  • I thought the father said that he doesn’t want to press charges against his ex partner and I hope he dies insists that they are dropped because at the end of the day it’s two young children who will suffer the most.


  • Increasingly, it looks like she did a lot of stupid things – like not registering the orders.


  • This whole situation makes me sick. Hope that Channel 9 helps this lady.

    • Channel 9 need to get the release of their staff who know the lady to be able to help her. It is hindsight now but if the Mum had only shown the Aust. documents some of this sad situation may have been avoided. Seems they should have got the Australian Ambassador involved if there is one…..especially if the children were born in Aust. Unless I have got 2 cases mixed up the parents were married in Aust.


  • I think they’ve both failed their children here. Granted separation is a messy business at times, it doesn’t sound like the kids were paramount in the arrangements. How awful for everyone involved.


  • On the newspaper I’ve read that the mother is willing to leave the husband full custody to the kids if he drops charges. She would be allowed to see the kids just in Lebanon. What a terrible situation. And why did 60 minutes get involved? :-(


  • Like it


  • I admit i am confused by this case. If the mum has won custody here in australia, why then would she then offer to her husband that she would forgo that custody if he drops charges? It seems like one gigantic mess and the ones who are suffering by not having both of their loving parents in their lives are the children. I think the dad should be forced to share since he did take them out of australia, the mum obviously lovesbthem very much and is doing anything she can to either get them back to australia or to simply see them. Anyway very very sad case.


  • It’s ridiculous that they have been charged in the first place. She was granted custody in Australia and was just trying to retrieve her children. It should have been registered but surely they can see what’s happened and why


  • I hope he drops the charges. She deserves to see her children


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