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Kidnapping charges against Tara Brown and a 60 Minutes crew detained in Lebanon have been dropped, confirms 9News.

A lawyer for one of the accused emerged from a Beirut court on Wednesday afternoon local time told waiting press that the charges against the Channel Nine 60 Minutes crew have been dropped, as well as those against Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner, whose case they were documenting.

According to Nine reporter Tom Steinford if the 60 Minutes team can come up with compensation by 2pm Beirut time (9pm AEDT) the crew will be released today and free to fly home.

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Earlier this week a lawyer for Sally Faulkner, Ghassan Moghabghab told News Corp that an agreement had been reached between Ms Faulkner and her estranged husband, Ali Elamine, the father of her two children. While he argued they had merely been talking to lawyers.

At the time Mr Moghabghab described the negotiations as being “very positive”.

“Somehow we reached a deal,” Mr Moghabghab had said.

Ali also spoke to 3AW radio’s Neil Mitchell, describing the situation as “bullcrap” and addressing the ongoing negotiations with his estranged wife, Sally Faulkner.

“They came into our country and they’ve done something that’s illegal,” he said. “If the tables were turned, if I were to show up in Australia and try to kidnap someone, I’d probably be shot on the spot, called a terrorist.”

This is a good outcome. Although I fear there will be more to come.

This is a breaking story. More information will be added as it comes to hand.

  • Sounds like a very complicated situation. I need to read more about it.

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  • It’s good for the crew of 60 Minutes. But not at all for leaving the Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI) to face punishment.

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  • I hope the children are ok. They must be very confused.

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  • They are saying that they are free to come home but the people from the child agency that were snatching the children are still locked up and not free.

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  • Seriously what were they thinking, they should of known better. No sympathy for them sorry.

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  • They are certainly very lucky people, what not to do.

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  • I’m so glad they are free. Very sad that the mum has lost custody

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  • Must be a relief to be released, but this story seems quite complicated.


    • There will be a lot more to this story.

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  • Sad that the mum lost custody. Bet they are happy to be free though

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  • I hope Ms Faulkner can pursue some sort of joint custody agreement once she and the others are back in Australia.

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  • How sad is for this mom and her kids.
    We need to be careful when going to a different country, you need to try to find out their laws…

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  • What a traumatic ordeal they have been through.

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  • It is very sad that the mother has lost custody. If nothing else it is a lesson that people need to be careful when treading murky waters in foreign countries.

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  • I understand she had to give up custody. That feels wrong.

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  • All I can say is……they are all very lucky they have channel 9 behind them with all their financial support. Without it, they would all be screwed

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