Reports a deal has been reached in 60 Minutes Lebanon child recovery operation

Brown facing kidnapping charges in Lebanon.

Brown facing kidnapping charges in Lebanon.

Reports suggest a deal has been made between Sally Faulkner and the father of her children, Ali Elamine, which could see a Beirut judge drop kidnapping charges against a 60 Minutes team caught up in a botched child recovery operation.

News Corp is reporting the lawyer of Sally Faulkner, the mother of two children at the centre of the 60 Minutes’ operation, has said a deal has been done but he would not elaborate ahead of a court hearing due to begin a 11:00am Beirut time (6:00pm AEDT).

While a deal may have been reached with Elamine, a prosecutor would still have to decide whether to drop the state case against the detainees after the investigative judge Rami Abdullah makes his decision.

Earlier this month 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown and her film crew were detained by Lebanese police while trying to film an operation in which Faulkner attempted to recover her two Australian children. Brown and her crew were charged by authorities over their involvement in the operation, with one charge involving the allegation of kidnap.

Over the weekend, the families of the crew under arrest in Lebanon described the anguish they are suffering as doubt continues about their fate, saying the situation was a “nightmare”.

Nine has declined to comment on the reports.


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