Tara Brown and the 60 Minutes Crew Are on Their Way Home
After a tense couple of weeks holed up in a Lebanon jail, Sally Faulkner and the 60 Minutes crew have been released. The group was arrested two weeks ago on alleged kidnapping charges, after an attempt to get Sally's young kids back went wrong. After striking a deal with Sally's estranged husband and the children's father Ali Elamine, the group — including 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown, producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recorder David Ballment — was released.
Ali agreed to drop all charges against the Australians, in return for a divorce from Sally and custody of the children, which she agreed to. Sally will be able to see her children in Lebanon or a third country, but not in Australia.
Child Abduction Recovery Network boss Adam Whittington and British man Craig Michael remain in jail on potential kidnapping charges, and Sally and the Channel Nine staff aren't out of the woods yet — Judge Rami Abdullah is continuing his investigations and could recall the team, drop all charges or try them in absentia.
This morning, though, Tara and Sally were all smiles as they were photographed leaving the Beirut women's prison where they've been held for the last 14 days. They reunited with Stephen, Ben and David in a waiting vehicle before flying to Dubai, where they'll catch a connecting flight home to Australia.