Tara Brown, her 60 Minutes crew and Brisbane mother, Sally Faulkner, are currently being held in Lebanese jails after they were accused of attempting to abduct two children from a Beirut street on April 7.
Faulkner, and her estranged husband, Ali Elamine, have failed to come to an agreement over custody of their children and he has recently spoken out about the incident.
Elamine told 3AW his estranged wife and the Australian television crew had “done something illegal.”
“If the tables were turned, if I were to show up in Australia trying to kidnap someone … I would have probably been shot on the spot, called a terrorist,” he said.
The 32-year-old father also said he wasn’t willing to drop charges against Faulkner because he believes it would also lead to the release of the news team who filmed the operation, and those who carried it out.
“I didn’t want to drop the charges ’cause I think the lawyer knows better than I do,” he told 7 News.
“I’ve never had anything against Sal but they are trying to link everything with her so I don’t have time for that.”
Faulkner’s lawyer, Ghassan Mogabgab, spoke to media before the hearing and said the mother offered to drop her claim for sole custody of Lahela, 5, and Noah, 3, but only if Elamine dropped the abduction charges.
Elamine commented that this was unlikely.
Photos emerged on Monday showing the moment police led a dishevelled Brown away in handcuffs after a court hearing in Lebanon.
The veteran journalist and her crew face at least another two nights in jail, after the hearing was postponed so lawyers could continue negotiations.
On Monday, Judge Rami Abdullah stressed the seriousness of the charges the defendants were facing.
“This is not a custody case,” Judge Abdullah said.
“They are charged with kidnapping two kids.”
It was the third time the women had appeared in court following their arrest earlier this month after a “child recovery” team snatched Ms Faulkner’s two young children, Noah and Lahela, as they were walking with their Lebanese grandmother.
“That is how I am seeing it as an outsider. … They are pushing for Sal’s release and everyone else gets a green card.”
The children were returned to their father soon after, and the 60 Minutes team arrived in Lebanon to film the operation – Brown, Benjamin Williamson, David Ballment and Stephen Rice – were then arrested.
They have been in jail in Beirut ever since.
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