Lebanese judge says Australian mother, TV crew free to leave

April 20, 2016 1:16 PM

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BEIRUT — An Australian mother and TV crew caught up in a high-profile child custody battle and detained in Beirut amid a botched attempt to take the woman’s two children from their Lebanese father are to be released on bail, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Ali al-Amin, the father of the two children, said he dropped attempted kidnapping charges against his estranged Australian wife Sally Faulkner and the Channel 9 TV crew, because he “didn’t want the kids to think I was keeping their mother in jail.”

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