Judge Releases Mother, Australian TV Crew in Child Custody Case

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Judge Releases Mother, Australian TV Crew in Child Custody Case

A Beirut judge released from custody on Wednesday the mother of the children in the failed kidnapping attempt, as well as the Australian TV crew linked to the case.

Ali al-Amin, the father of two children embroiled in a Lebanese-Australian custody battle, dropped the charges against his estranged Australian wife.

Sally Faulkner was jailed in Lebanon along with prominent Australian TV journalist Tara Brown and Brown’s three-person camera crew on charges relating to a botched attempt to seize Faulkner’s two children on their way to school in Beirut.

Amine told Al-Jadeed television that he doesn’t want to see the mother of his children in prison.

He plans to bring the children to see their mother in jail. A judge has been deliberating with the lawyers Wednesday in court.

The lawyer for the TV crew, Kamal Abu Zahr, said his clients will be released on bail once the required procedures are completed.

Another four suspects, two Britons and two Lebanese, have also been detained and charged.

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