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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