Tara Brown and 60 Minutes Crew Have Been Detained In Lebanon
Tara Brown and the 60 Minutes crew have been detained in Beirut, Lebanon during what’s being described as a ‘botched’ attempt to recover two Australian children.
According to a report on the Daily Telegraph, Police detained presenter Brown, producer Steven Rice and a cameraman while they were trying to film the recovery of two Australian children who had been taken to Beirut by their Lebanese father, according the Fairfax Media.
A spokesman for 60 Minutes told news.com.au: “We can confirm a crew from 60 Minutes has been detained in Beirut.
We won’t be giving out any more details, other than to say we are working with authorities to get them released and back home ASAP.”
The children’s mother says that her children were taken to Lebanon by her ex-husband for a holiday, something she now knows was a false claim, and has refused to return them.
Beirut police located the crew and recovery agency and sought to interview them, as well as seized a car and a boat used in the operation, according to Fairfax.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop says Australian authorities are urgently trying to locate Brown and her crew, and offer them help.
"I confirm that DFAT has been in contact with Channel 9 with regard to reports that an Australian TV crew has been detained in Lebanon," said Ms Bishop in a statement.
"We are urgently seeking to confirm the crews whereabouts and welfare, and have offered all appropriate consular assistance".
Source: Daily Telegraph/AAP