The man who allegedly organised the botched attempt to recover Sally Faulkner’s children in Beirut has been released on bail in Lebanon after 100 days in detention, supporters says.
Dual Australian-British national Adam Whittington and two of his colleagues were charged with kidnapping after the Brisbane mum’s two children, Lahela, 5, and Noah, 3, were taken from a Beirut street in April while being filmed by a Nine Network 60 Minutes crew.
‘We can now advise that Adam has finally been granted bail and is now able to return to home,’ a Facebook support page post on Friday said.
Adam Whittington who allegedly organised the botched attempt to recover Sally Faulkner’s children in Beirut has been released on bail in Lebanon
Ms Faulkner with her two children, Lahela and Noah, who were snatched from the street in Beirut
‘This is great news. We do ask at this time to respect Adam’s and his family’s privacy.
‘Of course, our priority right now is his health and spending time with his family.’
Mr Whittington’s lawyer Joe Karam confirmed to the ABC he had been granted $US20,000 ($A26,290) bail and would be allowed to leave Lebanon.
It’s believed the kidnapping charges against him and Ms Faulkner still stand.
Ms Faulkner and the 60 Minutes crew were also jailed after the botched operation but were able to return to Australia after Nine reached a plea bargain to secure the release of its staff.
60 Minutes presenter Tara Brown (back) and Brisbane mother Sally Faulkner are released from prison in April
The 60 Minutes news crew, including reporter Tara Brown, involved in the operation are facing a court-imposed fine after a trial, most likely for a misdemeanour.
Ms Faulkner has previously said she took action to get her children back after her estranged husband Ali Elamine took them to Lebanon on a holiday in May 2015 and never came back.
It’s understood a kidnapping conviction carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.
Reporter Tara Brown and her 60 Minutes crew are facing a court-imposed fine after a trial, most likely for a misdemeanour