WhittingtonCari.com launched to allow people to understand the truth behind notorious Child Abduction gang leader Adam Whittington


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It seems that Mr. Adam Whittington CEO of CARI and Project Rescue Children (PRC) is being called out.  He has been on a hate mission against anyone that he fears may be taking away his business for many years now.  Adam Whittington has posted slanderous  statements against those he considers “foes” for many years and the evidence is posted on a new website that has links to proof of all of the claims made by it.

Mr. Whittington has notoriously posted defamatory statements against the individuals behind this site as well as his previous clients, attorney’s, and even people he considers “friends.”

This site is being shared not in an attempt to in anyway discredit Adam Whittington or his company Child Abduction Recovery International.  With the evidence the site shares, Mr. Whittington has done that for himself.  If you investigate you’ll see that he has been accused of rape, faking recoveries, threatening people, making slanderous comments, & libeling anyone that attempts to bring his antics to the public and he does it in a way that is no only unprofessional, but done using some of the foulest language you can imagine.

It is shocking to see a man claiming to be a savior of children acting in such a fashion.  There are many well known accounts of his cowboy behavior during another failed recovery attempt in Lebanon but all of the information has now been linked in one place.

Adam Whittington is reported to have been arrested 3 times during recovery attempts where he broke international law.  These accounts are all available on the site and his incredibly violent methods are not something that should be acceptable to anyone stating they are fighting for the rights of a child or their parents.

For further information on Adam Whittington from the company Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI) please visit – http://www.whittingtoncari.com.

After this site was launched Mr. Whittington attempted to continue this behavior and threaten the web host with law suits based on slander.  The host declined his claims after viewing the site and having their legal team examine if any of his claims were true, but found that the letter he sent was not only untrue but seemed to be an erroneous cut and paste job of another letter he sent previously refuting the same claims made by another individual he must have attacked.

The website authors have also requested that  “If you have any grievances arising out of dealing with Adam Whittington or CARI please feel free to contact us through the comments sections of this blog.  All comments will be treated in strict confidence and will not be published without your written consent..”  If you have any information to help the paint this true and correct accounting of Adam Whittington please reach out and share your experiences,

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60 Minutes case in Lebanon: Adam Whittington to be released anytime now


July 16, 2016

Source: heraldsun.com.au

THE disastrous 60 Minutes child-snatch operation that has laid waste to families, reputations and budgets is almost over after a Beirut court ordered former Australian soldier Adam Whittington be freed on bail.

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Mr Whittington, whom 60 Minutes paid $115,000 to mastermind a failed plot to seize two Australian children off the streets of Beirut on behalf of their mother, Brisbane woman Sally Faulkner, will be released any time now.

His lawyer, Joe Karam, lodged his US$20,000 bail, raised through an online support network, and yesterday took release papers to Lebanon’s Aley Prison.

“What happened is that the court decided on bail for everybody,” Mr Karam said, referring to Mr Whittington and three others who have been remanded with him since April.

“Bail will be provided, everyone will have a process with Immigration and they will be released.”

Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes remains accused of abandonment after it paid to rescue its own reporting team, headed by Tara Brown, but left Mr Whittington behind in prison along with his British-Cypriot accomplice, Craig Michael.

Mr Michael, and Lebanese men Khaled Barbour and Mohammed Hamza, will be released when and if they raise bail.

Mr Michael is accused of pushing the grandmother and grabbing the kids along with another member of the team, Scorto Boghdan, who fled and has not been arrested.

Mr Barbour was the driver employed by Mr Whittington, and Mr Hamza set up a safe house to hide the children.

60 Minutes’ plans for a ratings winner turned to debacle when, in shocking scenes captured on street TV, Mr Whittington’s men bowled over the children’s grandmother on a busy roadside and bundled the kids into a van.

Mr Whittington’s Child Abduction Recovery International Group moved into action at 60 Minutes’ behest after Ms Faulkner went to the program hoping they could help pick up the tab to recover her children, Lahela, 5, and Noah, 3.

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Ms Faulkner’s estranged husband Ali Elamine failed to return the children after she sent them to Beirut to visit him.

Mr Whittington, who holds dual British-Australian citizenship and would still face kidnapping charges if he returns to Lebanon, is expected to depart for Sweden to reunite with his wife Karin and two sons.

“We can now advise that Adam has finally been granted bail and is now able to return home to Karin and the boys. This is great news,” stated his Facebook supporter group.

60 Minutes has paid up to $2m to untangle themselves from the mess, including a reported $500,000 to Mr Elamine to drop charges against its crew.

Most damaging, Ms Faulkner won her freedom by permanently surrendering all custody rights to her children to her ex-husband.

Mr Whittington, who may never enter Singapore again after a similarly bungled child-snatch operation in 2014, is unlikely to work as a recovery expert again.

Ms Brown, sound recordist David Ballment, cameraman Ben Williamson and producer Stephen Rice all spent a short spell in prison until they were released, but Rice took the fall and was dismissed.

In a letter from prison, Mr Whittington accused Channel Nine of minimising its role in events.

“I honestly don’t know what is more disgusting, the inhumane conditions in the dungeon I have been in for 40 days, with no sunlight and rats running around me at night, or hearing all the statements Channel 9 have made to the media,” he wrote.

Mr Whittington’s mother Georgina said the first time she had heard from Nine was after her son’s bail news came through — they rang her asking for an interview. It was denied.

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Tara Brown, 60 Minutes crew still face jail in Lebanon over abduction


June 3, 2016

Source: theaustralian.com.au

Tara Brown and her 60 Minutes colleagues will likely face the same criminal charges in Lebanon as child retrieval expert Adam Whittington and his team, which could include jail time.

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According to News Corp, all those associated with the attempted child kidnapping in Beirut – whether they “organised, financed, were drivers or made the kidnapping” – would face up to three years in jail in Lebanon if convicted, as their files have been combined by Lebanese authorities.

A decision on the charges was expected to be made this week but has been delayed, reportedly because an investigation finalised by Judge Abdullah is now being reassessed alongside new information from Channel Nine’s internal inquiry into the kidnapping. The five-page report was released publicly last Friday, and includes concessions by the network that mistakes were made in relation to the kidnapping attempt.

Judge Abdullah will hand the report to the prosecutor in coming days, then it will be at least 10 days before the prosecutor makes a decision and sends the report back to the judge to announce a ruling.

If Brown, producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recordist David Ballment are handed a jail sentence they can be extradited to Lebanon, unless the Office of the Attorney-General uses discretionary power to spare them. These decisions are made on a case to case basis. Even with a lesser penalty it would impact on the group’s ability to work and travel internationally.

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Leaked emails obtained by News Corp yesterday reveal senior staff at 60 Minutes, including executive producer Kirsty Thomson, former executive producer and now Nine sports boss Tom Malone, and an in-house lawyer, were aware of the logistics of the planned kidnapping attempt as early as January, including the fact Adam Whittington and his child retrieval outfit CARI would be paid for their services.

 

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Beirut kidnap plot: Australian mother Sally Faulkner could be freed on Monday


April 14, 2016

Source: theguardian.com

An Australian mother accused of attempting to kidnap her children in Beirut may be released on bail as early as Monday if a reconciliation agreement is reached with the children’s father, a judicial source with knowledge of the case has said.

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The agreement, which sources say is likely to be reached in the coming days, would pave the way for Sally Faulkner to be released pending trial. She would not be barred from leaving Lebanon.

The judicial source told the Guardian that authorities in Lebanon believe Channel Nine, the TV station whose crew was arrested in Beirut last week in connection with the case, had funded the operation to the tune of A$115,000 (£62,000).

They suspect the funds went towards procuring the services of Adam Whittington, a former Scotland Yard detective turned “child recovery specialist”.

Faulkner, from Brisbane, allegedly hired a team to snatch her children – Lahela, six, and Noah, four – from their Lebanese father, Ali al-Amin, who had taken them to the country last May and not returned. The Channel Nine crew, including journalist Tara Brown, were in Lebanon to report the story.

The journalists are unlikely to benefit from an agreement between the parents, with judge Rami Abdullah reportedly saying: “There is no way the charges will dropped.”

The judicial source told the Guardian: “They must know that this is a violation of Lebanese laws and Lebanese sovereignty, it is vigilantism. If a Lebanese person had done this he would have been accused of terrorism.”

The source provided fresh details of the investigation that led to preliminary charges of armed abduction and other offences that carry sentences of between seven and 20 years in jail.

The source said Faulkner appeared debilitated by the ordeal, and said Channel Nine had approached Whittington to inquire about the possibility of his organising the abduction, suggesting that the operation had been initiated by the television station.

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Whittington himself, who was described by a UK court as a “former mercenary”, was asked during the examination if he thought he was “Superman or Spiderman” to attempt such a plan.

The source said Whittington had travelled from Cyprus to Lebanon on a yacht in preparation for taking the children out of Lebanon, and two Lebanese individuals also charged in the case were hired upon the team’s arrival in Beirut to seize the children.

Faulkner faced court for a second day on Wednesday. Ali al-Amin was reportedly also in court as the judge ordered the pair to reach an agreement that could lead to Faulkner’s release, according to the ABC.

Faulkner’s lawyer, Ghassan Moghabghab, reportedly said the children were likely to remain in their father’s custody in Lebanon under any deal.

Brown, who appeared in court with her crew – Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice – told News Corp the group were being treated well in pre-trial detention.

“Quite genuinely we are being treated well by the standards here,” she said. “It’s fine; it’s not crowded.”

A Nine Network spokeswoman said it was a relief to know its staff were receiving good treatment. “It is reassuring and comforting to know they are being treated well and are in good health,” she said.

60 Minutes crew detained in Beirut paid $120,000 to a child recovery agency which ‘faked’ success stories on Facebook

The network was working with a Lebanese legal team and the Australian embassy in Lebanon to “get the team home as soon as possible”, she said.

On Wednesday the Lebanese foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, met Australia’s ambassador to Lebanon, Glenn Miles, and said a joint committee was being formed to resolve the custody of the children.

“Australians should respect Lebanese laws and the Lebanese should respect Australian laws,” Bassil said after the meeting. He hoped the incident “would not have an impact on Lebanese-Australian relations”.

The case has been adjourned until Monday.

 

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Beirut kidnap – The father knew they were coming


April 10, 2016

Source: the new daily

Nine ‘paid’ $115,000 for botched abduction

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60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown and Aussie mum shackled together with handcuffs.

Concern is mounting for an Australian mother and Channel Nine crew detained in Lebanon after a botched child recovery operation.

Lebanese authorities say they have uncorroborated evidence Nine paid for the operation, which saw the children of Australian mother Sally Faulkner snatched off a Beirut street.

It appears to have been an attempt to get the children back to Australia after their Lebanese father, Ali el-Amien, took them to Lebanon last year and refused to let them return.

But four men accused of grabbing the children have been detained along with Ms Faulkner and a four-member crew from Chanel Nine, which was filming a story with her.

Authorities say they now have a signed statement from a member of the “recovery team” who says Nine paid $115,000 for the operation.

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However, that statement is uncorroborated, the ABC has not seen it and cannot confirm the claim.

Next week, the police are expected to pass the investigatory brief onto the prosecutor.

At times during their detention, Nine reporter Tara Brown and Ms Faulkner have been kept shackled together with handcuffs.

At one point, although separated from Tara Brown, Ms Faulkner still had handcuffs dangling from one wrist.

Authorities say, despite earlier media reports, no firearms were recovered when the “recovery team” was detained.

Ms Faulkner has been desperate to get her children back to Australia.

Lebanon is not a party to an international agreement covering such disputes.

And Lebanese law, based on religion, is heavily stacked against the mother once children reach a certain age.

But Lebanese officials see the operation as a mix of arrogance and stupidity.

The area where the two children were grabbed in south Beirut is heavily patrolled and monitored by Hezbollah and Amal, two powerful Lebanese political and militia organisations.

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The children’s grandmother says she was assaulted in the incident.

And the father’s family is politically connected.

His mother is a cousin of the speaker of Lebanon’s parliament, Nabih Berri.

He leads the Amal movement and has ready access to an enormous security apparatus, which includes control of ports and airports.

On top of that, Mr el-Amien told the ABC he knew, to a degree that they were coming because one of the children’s iPads still had access to Ms Faulkner’s email account and he saw messages detailing early discussion of the operation.

The ABC has not seen that email traffic.

Mr el-Amien claims he warned Ms Faulkner not to try to get the children back but did not let her know he had inside knowledge about her alleged plans.

While the route the children took each morning would have been easiest for the “recovery team” to check and re-check during surveillance, it is also in the midst of dense traffic and they were grabbed close to peak hour, making a complete getaway difficult.

Channel Nine has been contacted for comment.

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Beirut police arrest Australian mother and TV crew on kidnapping suspicion


April 7, 2016

Source: theguardian.com

An Australian woman who allegedly orchestrated the abduction of her children from their Lebanese father, and an Australian TV crew who police believe were there to film the incident, have been arrested in Beirut.

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A British man who was also detained by the Lebanese police is believed to be the captain of a yacht that was moored near Beirut’s Movenpick hotel, preparing to sail away with the children, police sources said.

The detained film crew, including Tara Brown of Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program, were in custody on Thursday and being interrogated by internal security forces investigators.

The children, identified as Lahela al-Amin, six, and her four-year-old brother, Noah, have been returned to the custody of their father, Ali al-Amin, the Lebanese police said.

Lebanese police sources said they believed the Nine Network team had planned to film the kidnapping of the children and their return to the mother, identified in Australian media as Sally Faulkner. The police source told the Guardian officers believed the TV crew was sympathetic to the Australian mother’s cause and had intended to film the kidnapping to publicise the case in Australia.

“They planned to show it in Australia as if it was an operation to save the children, as if they were doing a good thing,” a police source told the Guardian on condition of anonymity.

“The woman made an agreement with the 60 Minutes program from Channel Nine to come help her recover her children from Lebanon,” a security source told Agence France-Presse.

In a tearful interview before the incident, Faulkner told Channel Nine’s A Current Affair her husband had taken the children on a holiday to Lebanon before deciding that he would not bring them back to Australia. But Amin denied any wrongdoing in an interview with local TV.

“They are saying that they were trying to recover the children from their father, as if I’m a criminal or something,” Amin said. “What they are saying in their media over there is untrue. I left Australia with the knowledge of security agencies and I didn’t kidnap anyone.”

Earlier on Thursday, Lebanon’s police force said that three armed individuals aboard a silver Hyundai had snatched the two children while they were waiting with their grandmother for their school bus in the neighbourhood of St Therese in the southern suburbs of Beirut.

Australian consular officials had visited the reporter and TV crew, AAP reported. Channel Nine said officials had reported the 60 Minutes crew were in good physical health, but the team had not had access to a lawyer.

Earlier, the foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said Australian authorities had been in contact with Channel Nine and had offered “all appropriate consular assistance”

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60 Minutes crew detained in Beirut paid $120,000 to a child recovery agency which ‘faked’ success stories on Facebook


April 7, 2016

Source: dailymail.co.uk

60 Minutes crew detained in Beirut paid $120,000 to a child recovery agency which ‘faked’ success stories on Facebook and whose operators have been arrested around the world.

  • Channel 9 paid $120,000 to a ‘cut rate’ child recovery agency CARI
  • CARI operatives have been arrested in other child recover cases
  • One CARI commando is in Peru prison after ‘abducting’ selfie queen’s child
  • The agency makes a fake claim on Facebook about a 2013 operation
  • The Facebook photo is really a police rescue of a  lost family in Oregon

Channel 9 paid $120,000 to a child recovery agency whose operators were detained along with reporter Tara Brown and crew who were filming an operation in an international custody case in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Daily Mail Australia has learned that the man leading the operation to recover the six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son of Australian woman Sally Faulkner from the Beirut family of the children’s father Ali El Alamine was arrested two years ago in Singapore.

Former British police officer Adam Whittington, who runs Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI) and who is reportedly under police arrest in Beirut along with 60 Minutes’ Tara Brown and her crew, was jailed in Singapore 18 months ago over a child abduction case.

Whittington’s CARI agency also boasts on its Facebook page alongside a photograph of a woman and child in a helicopter which is claims to be a successful 2013 CARI child recovery operation in the Philippines.

The photograph is actually a 2006 Oregon, US police rescue of a mother who became lost with her daughters on a remote snowy mountain and had to be helicoptered out.

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Another CARI operative, Kevin Critchley, is currently in a Peruvian prison following the alleged kidnap of a five-year-old girl in Lima last month. The girl’s father was also arrested.

The CARI agency has also allegedly made exaggerated claims about the number of former SAS soldiers it has working for it.

Daily Mail Australia understands that the mother in the Beirut case, Sally Faulkner, who is also known as Sally Clafinger, is not in custody with the 60 Minutes crew or the CARI operatives including Mr Whittington.

Ms Faulkner is believed to be have been taken to a safe house with her children, Lahela, 6, and Noah El Amine, 3, although it is unclear how she will get the children out of Lebanon and home to Australia without their passports.

But there are fears for the welfare of Ms Brown and her crew if local reports that the operation involved violence and weapons proved to be true.

Lebanese television station An-Nahar has reported the ‘recovery’ operation of Ms Faulkner’s children as a ‘kidnap’ by ‘four gunman’ driving a silver Hyundai and ‘abducting’ the boy and girl from their grandmother as they waited for the school bus.

Channel 9 released footage of the rescue operation on Thursday in which no weapons are visible.

An-Nahar reported that the gunmen ‘struck the grandmother Ibtisam El Amine on the head with a gun’ before taking the children from the outer Beirut suburb of Hadath on Wednesday.

The video does not show this, although the operatives are seen shoving people out of the way to get the children.

The 60 Minutes crew was in a car filming the recovery of Ms Faulkner’s children who is now in hiding with her young son and daughter.

The children’s father Ali El Amine and Ms Faulkner separated more than a year ago and Mr El Alamine flew to Lebanon with the children for a ‘holiday’ but failed to return them, telling his ex-wife via Skype that she ‘would never see them again’.

The operatives snatched the El Amine children from their paternal grandmother at a bus stop in the outer Beirut suburb of Hadath (pictured) on Wednesday morning as they waited for the school bus

The operatives snatched the El Amine children from their paternal grandmother at a bus stop in the outer Beirut suburb of Hadath (pictured) on Wednesday morning as they waited for the school bus

CARI child recovery commando Kevin Critchley (pictured) was arrested in Peru last month after being detained over an 'international kidnap plot' to take the five-year-old daughter of Peruvian selfie queen Rose Chacón

CARI child recovery commando Kevin Critchley (pictured) was arrested in Peru last month after being detained over an ‘international kidnap plot’ to take the five-year-old daughter of Peruvian selfie queen Rose Chacón

Peruvian selfie queen Rose Chacón (pictured) took the girl Adrianna, 5, back to her native Peru from America claiming her husband had 'inappropriately touched' their daughter, but he reportedly hired a CARI commando for $280,00 to recover the girl

Peruvian selfie queen Rose Chacón (pictured) took the girl Adrianna, 5, back to her native Peru from America claiming her husband had ‘inappropriately touched’ their daughter, but he reportedly hired a CARI commando for $280,00 to recover the girl

Ms Faulkner flew to Beirut to meet up with the CARI team, with Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes paying the $120,000 bill for her children’s recovery.

After taking the children from their grandmother at the bus stop, the CARI team handed them over to Ms Faulkner and she allegedly telephoned Mr El Amine and informed him that the children were with her.

Mr El Amine is reported to have then informed police that his children had been abducted and he was concerned they would be taken out of the country and to Australia.

It is unclear as to who has made claims that there were weapons used in the operation and that Mr El Amine’s mother was pistol whipped.

International child abduction recovery specialists CARI reportedly charged 60 Minutes $120,000 to recover the EL Amine children, but were arrested along with Tara Brown and her crew 

International child abduction recovery specialists CARI reportedly charged 60 Minutes $120,000 to recover the EL Amine children, but were arrested along with Tara Brown and her crew

All those detained were still in police custody on Thursday morning as Beirut officers investigated the validity of reports that weapons were used and an assault had taken place.

The Nine Network told Daily Mail Australia they were not commenting on the incident other than they were concerned for the welfare of Brown and her crew and were ‘working with authorities to get them released and back home as soon as possible’.

Adam Whittington and his firm CARI have made several controversial child recovery operations previously and the agency has made claims they had up to ten former SAS soldiers on their books.

Last month, Peruvian police arrested CARI operator Kevin Critchley after he was reportedly paid $280,000 to intervene in the custody battle between a Peruvian selfie queen and her American husband.

Sally Faulkner, pictured with her ex-husband Ali El Amine with their child in happier times, hired a child recovery agency to retrieve her children from Beirut and they are now in hiding with the operatives and 60 Minutes in police custody

Sally Faulkner, pictured with her ex-husband Ali El Amine with their child in happier times, hired a child recovery agency to retrieve her children from Beirut and they are now in hiding with the operatives and 60 Minutes in police custody

The boss of the child abduction recovery agency CARI Adam Whittignton (pictured) was also arrested in 2014 in Singapore following an elaborate plot to recover a British woman's son and served 16 weeks' prison

The boss of the child abduction recovery agency CARI Adam Whittignton (pictured) was also arrested in 2014 in Singapore following an elaborate plot to recover a British woman’s son and served 16 weeks’ prison

Sally Faulkner, pictured with her ex-husband Ali El Amine, now has to make her way out of Lebanon with her two children following the operation which led to Lebanese police arresting reporter Tara Brown

Sally Faulkner, pictured with her ex-husband Ali El Amine, now has to make her way out of Lebanon with her two children following the operation which led to Lebanese police arresting reporter Tara Brown

Critchley, 35, reportedly a former British commando, is in custody with Dustin Kent in a Lima prison after they allegedly plotted to snatch back Mr Kent’s five-year-old daughter Adrianna from the girl’s mother, Rose Chacón.

The men are being held for allegedly being part of an ‘international kidnap plot’ to take back Adrianna, after Ms Chacón took the girl to her native Peru from America claiming her husband had ‘inappropriately touched’ their daughter.

Mr Critchley, a self-employed ‘close protection operative and freelance surveillance operator’, was believed to have been working for CARI on the operation.

The two El Amine children (pictured) were living with their father and being cared for by their grandmother when they were grabbed of a Beirut street

The two El Amine children (pictured) were living with their father and being cared for by their grandmother when they were grabbed of a Beirut street

In September 2014, the London Telegraph reported that CARI’s chief operator Adam Whittington was jailed in Singapore after a foiled attempt to snatch a two-year-old boy back on behalf of his mother.

The boy’s London-based mother, 30, was also sent to prison. The mother had been in the process of divorcing her husband and had gained UK custody of the child, but her ex-partner took out a Singaporean order preventing his son’s removal from the country.

Whittington reportedly chartered a catamaran, then hired a taxi and went to the boy’s grandparents’ house where he allegedly put the grandfather in a headlock.

Whittington, the mother and another man involved in the elaborate plot were arrested the following day.

He was sentenced to 16 weeks prison for criminal assault, voluntarily causing hurt and illegal entry into Singapore.

CARI’s Facebook site features a photograph of a woman in a rescue helicopter clutching an infant on her lap

The caption written beside it says ‘Landed safely back home in Australia, 2 children abducted over 12 months ago into the Philippines. One VERY happy family waiting at Sydney airport after CARI recovered both children safely from horrible living and health conditions.

‘When the courts, lawyers and authorities could and would do nothing, CARI did.’

The photo is actually a picture of San Francisco mother Kati Kim, 30, who in December 2006, CBS News reported, was photographed with her seven-month old, Sabine Kim, after they were rescued by police in Oregon.

Ms Kim, husband James, Sabine, and daughter Penelope, 4, became lost during a family vacation to a remote Oregon mountain in winter.

James Kim set out to look for help when the family became stranded and was never found. Police airlifted a relieved Ms Kim and her daughters from the scene in a helicopter to the nearest hospital where they were reported to be in ‘good’ condition.

 On its Facebook post beside the photograph of Ms Kim and her daughter, CARI wrote ‘Welcome home kids from all the team at CARI. CARI – Second to None’.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the CARI agency for a response.

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60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown, film crew detained in Lebanon filming child recovery operation


April 7, 2016

Source: smh.com.au

60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown and a film crew have been detained by Lebanese police after trying to film the recovery of two Australian children who had been taken to Beirut by their Lebanese father.

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Brown, veteran producer Steven Rice and a cameraman were reporting on an operation to recover the two children of Brisbane woman Sally Faulkner from her former husband Ali Elamine.

The children, Lahala, 5, and Noah, 2, were taken to Lebanon for a holiday by Mr Elamine who runs a Beirut surf business.

Despite promising the holiday would last for only a short period of time Mr Elamine is alleged to have refused to return the children to Australia.

Ms Faulkner then made a number of appeals for public funding to try to recover the children from Beirut including an approach to the Foreign Affairs Department.

Ms Faulkner had travelled to Lebanon to meet up with Tara Brown and her crew for the ‘recovery’ by UK-based agency Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI).

Fairfax Media understands the 60 Minutes crew were in Beirut with Ms Faulkner to film a private operation involving an international child-recovery agency trying to snatch the children from the father.

But after Ms Faulkner and the children escaped to a safe house, Beirut police located the 60 Minutes crew and employees of the recovery agency and local security, and sought to interview them.

On Thursday morning, Beirut media have reported the incident as a kidnapping involving the children being snatched at a bus stop while they waited with their grandmother.

Reports said four men driving a silver Hyundai had grabbed the children.

Fairfax Media understands a car and a boat, which were to have been used in the recovery operation, have been seized by police, and local fixers were also involved in the operation.

Ms Faulkner and the children are thought to have avoided interception by police but their whereabouts are unknown.

60 Minutes, on Thursday morning, confirmed it understood Brown and the crew were detained in Lebanon while reporting on a story.

Executive producer Kirsty Thompson said 60 Minutes was working with authorities to resolve the situation.

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