British-Australian held over Lebanon 'abduction bid' to post bail
A dual British-Australian national indicted over an alleged botched attempt to kidnap two Australian-Lebanese children at the centre of a custody battle will post bail and be released, his lawyer has said.
Judges approved bail of 20,000 dollars (£14,915) for Adam Whittington, along with the equivalent sum for his British colleague a day earlier, lawyer Joe Karam said. It is unclear when they will be released.
Whittington, who heads a British-based child recovery agency, allegedly masterminded the plot to kidnap the children from their Lebanese father in Beirut in April.
Whittington, his colleague and the children's Australian mother, Sally Faulkner, were charged with forceful kidnapping, which is punishable by up to 15 years' imprisonment.
Faulkner and an Australian TV crew posted bail in April and have since returned to Australia.