Tasmanian News

60 Minutes crew heads home

The 60 Minutes team - Tara Brown, Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice - headed straight to the airport after being released on bail from their Beirut prison and allowed to leave the country.

They're understood to be flying back to Australia as we speak, a short time ago Channel Nine confirmed they have boarded a flight in Lebanon.

Brisbane woman, Sally Faulkner, whose two children were at the centre of the operation, has also been released on bail and is expected to remain in Lebanon for another day in order to see her two children.

Judge Rami Abdullah, says Faulkner's estranged husband Ali Elamine would bring the children to his chambers on Thursday to see their mother.

It's understood Channel Nine agreed to pay Elamine compensation and Ms Faulkner had to agree to give up custody of her children, before she and the 60 Minutes team could be released.

However if the public prosecutor's inquiries lead to charges being laid, they would be expected to return to Lebanon to face the court.

Faulkner has spent nine months trying to regain custody of her children, who were taken to Lebanon for a three-week holiday by Elamine and not returned, she says.

Meantime the lawyer for Adam Whittington, the dual Australian-British man who is alleged to have headed up the child recovery operation and his British colleague Craig Michael, says he's still fighting for their release from jail. While the fate of two Lebanese also charged over the operation remains unclear.

Image Credit: By Nine Network (englischsprachige Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons