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 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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USA – Police arrest SoCal woman for alleged parental abduction


January 4 , 2015

Source: TheReporter.com

Vacaville police on Friday arrested a Southern California woman on suspicion of taking her two young children, then fleeing to Northern California with them.

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At about 7 p.m., officers received a telephone call from the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department, requesting help with a parental child-abduction case.

Sheriffs detectives were working a case in which a parent who was the noncustodial parent refused to return two children after a court-ordered visitation, Vacaville Sgt. Charlie Spruill said in a press release issued Saturday.

He said an investigation showed the parent, Isabel Cristina Warren, 28, described as a transient Norwalk resident, had no intention of returning the children, ages 4 and 7.

Detectives exhausted all leads in Southern California, but the investigation led detectives to believe Warren and the children were in Vacaville.

Detectives then sought an arrest warrant for her, and the two children were entered into the State of California Missing and Unidentified Persons System (MUPS).

L.A. sheriffs notified Vacaville officers that Warren and children were possibly in two separate Vacaville locations.

Detectives from the Vacaville Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with Vacaville patrol officers, conducted surveillance at the two locations, one of which was in the 1900 block of Duxburry Lane.

At 9:07 p.m., Warren was found and taken into custody. The two children were placed into protective custody and released to the custody of Solano County Child Welfare Services, where they await reunification with their custodial parent.

The Vacaville Police Department “viewed the safety of the children as paramount and the case was brought to a safe and successful conclusion based upon interagency cooperation,” said Spruill.

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