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''No Chance'' Charges Will Be Dropped For 60 Minutes Crew

A judge in Beirut has warned the 60 Minutes crew that there is ''no chance'' the charges will be dropped, just as their case hearing is postponed until Monday.

Australian mother Sally Faulkner has been told to reach an agreement with her estranged husband Ali Elamine over access to their children, according to lawyer Ghassan Moughabghab.

It is clear that the judge wants Elamine to drop charges against Faulkner over the failed attempt to kidnap their children that she had not seen for a year, however, this would mean her giving up her claim of custody and settling for access rights, instead.

Mr Moughabghab said ''The husband has to drop charges, the judge is pushing him for that.''

He went onto say that they are in the process of trying to resolve all the problems and it will not be a private settlement, however, the couple is talking and have done a ''couple of times'' to come to an agreement.

A settlement will not help the 60 Minutes crew that has been detained as Judge Abdullah said their case would be delayed for another five days.

Nine News reporter Tom Steinfort said ''There is not chance these charges will be dropped. It is a violation of Lebanese law by all of these people.''

The whole 60 minutes crew were brought before judge Abdullah on Wednesday, wearing handcuffs and faced private questioning over the CCTV that saw them fail to ''recover'' the children from their father.

Following on from standing in front of the judge, Tara Brown spoke from her cell saying “Quite genuinely we are being treated well by the standards here, it’s fine, it’s not crowded,”

She kept her comments very brief, as to not tarnish her case but said she didn't really know what was going on as it is ''hard to gauge.''

Tara Brown, along with producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recordist David Bellment are all being held alongside to Brits, one of whom said he was ''very sick'' in court on Wednesday.

The judge may decide on Monday whether they are guilty and if they are they could face 20 years in jail.

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