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Release of 60 Minutes Crew and mother Sally Faulkner sets up a Potential Diplomatic Incident

The release on bail of the 60 Minutes crew, and the mother of the attempted victims of an abduction in Lebanon, may be kicking the can down the road in terms of impact. We would expect that the Lebanese judicial system will want these individuals to return to face Court, in the quite likely event that they will be indicted on some offences. Should Tara Brown and the crew decide not to attend for a future Court date, this is likely to lead to blow back on the Australian Government, especially as Australian Embassy Consular staff were seemingly involved in helping them to leave the country. Assuming the allegation is sustained regarding the involvement of 60 minutes in organising the kidnapping, their absence will mean that not all of the alleged perpetrators are present to be tried.