Travel ban lifted off British-Australian held in Lebanon


BEIRUT (AP) — The lawyer of a dual British-Australian national indicted in a botched attempt to kidnap two Australian-Lebanese children at the center of a custody battle says a travel ban imposed on his client has been lifted.

Joe Karam said Saturday that Adam Whittington and his colleague, Greg Michael, “are free to go.”

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. Faulkner and an Australian TV crew posted bail in April and have since returned to Australia.

Judges issued the ban against Whittington Friday but Karam appealed the decision. Karam says the judge reversed the ban Saturday.

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