The mother of an ex-Aussie soldier has accused the Nine Network crew of using her son for the 60 Minutes kids’ recovery attempt and ditching him later on.
The mother claimed that Nine Network hired her son, Adam Whittington, for the child recovery coverage in Lebanon but left him there later on after the crew members’ release. She said he was still imprisoned in Beirut and was waiting for bail over the incident that resulted in the detention of his team as well as the 60 Minutes crew. The 60 Minutes crew composed of reporter Tara Brown, producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recordist David Ballment, were released by the Beirut police last week after the channel paid a secret amount for secured bail.
Georgina, the mother, told Sky News’ The Bolt Report that the family’s request for any information was being ignored by the Lebanese authorities. “For some reason it (the child recovery) went wrong … they (Nine Network) just buried Craig and Adam under the bus,” she told reporters.
Meanwhile, another case has been brought to limelight recently where 60 Minutes has been reportedly involved in a previous child recovery operation in Turkey in 2014. The case never came into public knowledge before the airing of Beirut’s 60 Minutes abduction. In that case, an Australian mother attempted to take her child away from his father who resided in Turkey. The matter has been presented in the Family Court where the mother used a speedboat to take her child to Greece away from his father with the help of the Nine Network crew members.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Turkish father lodged the complaint against the mother after following Lebanon’s botched recovery operation, where parents Sally Faulkner and Ali el-Amien were involved. Turkey is a signatory to the Hague Convention to the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction that bounds a nation to follow the court rulings of other nations on child custody.
Following the lodge of the complaint, the authorities tried to contact the mother involved in the 2014 incident but were unable to establish any connection.