This will be an ongoing saga and legal battle. Diplomacy involved? News from Beirut, Lebanon that Tara Brown 60 Minutes Crew have been charged by Lebanon Police with alleged child kidnapping. The story involves a Brisbane woman, the mother of two beautiful children.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports Wednesday, 13 April, 2016:
What Is Alleged To Have Happened With The Kidnapping?
A Lebanese father, reportedly took his two children home to Lebanon, from Brisbane, Australia – for a holiday. He, according to the 2 children’s mother, had promised to return them to Brisbane. The children were not returned as per the agreement.
Ms Faulkner, 29, a former air hostess, had traveled to Lebanon to try to recover her two children Lahala, six, and Noah, four, from their father Ali Elamine, a Beirut surf business owner.
Mr Elamine was alleged to have failed to return their children to Australia as promised after a holiday in Lebanon.
Mr Elamine told the media on Tuesday that the children are “in good health and that is what matters”, and that it was rough for the children but he had calmed them down.
He, the father, stressed that “children should not have been dragged into this situation”.
A spokeswoman for Channel Nine said the network was co-operating fully with the Lebanese authorities.
The attempted child recovery operation in downtown Beirut has become a diplomatic incident and a public relations disaster for Channel Nine.
The group was initially detained at Beirut’s Raouche police station last Wednesday before being moved to separate male and female holding facilities.
On Monday night, Nine News correspondent Tom Steinfort said the crew had thanked Lebanese authorities for their “treatment in custody” and are in “relatively good spirits”.
On Wednesday last week, local time, a car containing employees of British-based firm Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI) and Ms Faulkner had allegedly driven near a bus stop in South Beirut where Mr Elamine’s mother and a nanny were walking the two young children.
Two CARI agents allegedly got out of the the car and grabbed the children from the arms of the women, while a third passenger appeared to be video recording the incident, according to grainy security camera video captured by a CCTV camera at a nearby shop.
When one of the women appeared to fight back, she was pushed away from the vehicle, which then sped off.
Inside the car, Ms Faulkner was reunited with her children and dropped off at another location.
This material is curated from the SMH. The Australian newspaper is credited with the early bird information. Published at 11:09 pm on 12 April, 2016.
What Are The Charges?
Lebanese Police have preferred four (4) charges, which include kidnapping and causing injury, charges which could result in lengthy custodial sentences if convicted. Anywhere from 3 to 20 years imprisonment. The legal arguments will be lengthy, as this writer believes that custody belongs to the two children’s mother in Brisbane.
DIPLOMATIC ACTION EXPECTED
The Australian government may make representations with regard to the local child custody position and any legal agreements.