60 Minutes crew members are free to leave Lebanon following a deal reached between Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner and estranged husband Ali Alamine in Lebanon in the 60 Minutes ordeal.
“I release all the Australian crew on bail because Ali Elamein has dropped the charges,” the judge said.
“That is the personal charges that have been dropped. But criminal charges remain. They will have to return for them.
“If the Channel Nine crew do not return, they will be dealt with in absentia”
Nine must pay compensation for the crew to be released.
Kidnapping charges against the CARI detainees will proceed.
News Corp reports the deal has been reached giving him custody of the children, with Sally Faulkner likely to be released in coming days pending paperwork. The deal would separate Faulkner from the other detainees.
Lawyer for Brisbane mum Sally Faulkner, Ghassan Moghabghab, told the newspaper earlier a deal has been done but would not elaborate ahead of a court hearing due to start at 11am local time (6pm AEST).
He described the deal as “very positive”.
“Somehow we reached a deal,” he said.