Australian TV crew fly home after Beirut kidnap deal


SYDNEY: An Australian television crew accused of aiding a mother in the botched kidnapping of her two children in Lebanon flew home Thursday amid reports of a multimillion-dollar deal struck with the father to drop abduction charges. Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner and the Channel Nine team were arrested and charged last week after Faulkner’s son and daughter were snatched in broad daylight on a Beirut street. But they were released on bail Wednesday after the father, Ali al-Amin, decided not to pursue the charges in court. Faulkner’s lawyer Ghassan Mughabghab said a deal had been struck granting Amin full custody of the children in line with Lebanese law. The commercial Nine network did not mention any deal they were reportedly behind, but announced a full inquiry into the bizarre episode.



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