The Brisbane mother, along with the 60 Minutes crew, might face severe charges for threatening the lives of two children thereby leading to possibilities of a 20-year jail term for all.
The mother, Sally Faulkner, along with four members of the 60 Minutes crew, entered the private office of the Lebanese judge with their hands tied with handcuffs on Tuesday. The television crew members are reporter Tara Brown, producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Benjamin Williamson, and sound recordist David Ballmet. The suspects were apparently charged with several allegations, such as disrespecting authorities and threatening the lives of the children.
Faulkner is supposed to face the Babda Palace of Justice in Mt. Lebanon, Beirut along with the Nine Network crew and the two Britons who helped the suspects to undertake the alleged kidnapping. In case the seven accused people are found guilty, they might face a jail term of up to 20 years. “These are all allegations that will be strenuously denied by the 60 Minutes crew,” Nine News reporter Tom Steinfort said as quoted by Sky News.
The hearing on Tuesday is supposed to be the first full day hearing of the case following the lengthy testimony provided by the prosecutor and read by Judge Rami Abdullah at Monday’s hearing. The testimony contained motions of charges that were expected to cost the guilty people from three years to a lifetime in prison. Lebanese news service the Daily Star reported that if the charges are established, it might lead to 20 years of jail term. The judge, however, has the power to downgrade the jail term after interviewing the alleged people.
All the suspects demanded a lawyer on Monday and hence they had to spend only five minutes to answer questions while Faulkner did not opt for any lawyer and had to spend a longer period in answering questions.
Brown entered the judge’s room cuffed and accompanied by a female military official at 1:30 p.m. She then came out cuffed with another crew member with uniformed officers prior to 2:30 p.m., according to news.com.au.