The ‘60 Minutes crew being held in Lebanon is facing formal charges for kidnapping and three other offences, after a botched attempt at recovering two kids from their father.

The charges are being brought against Tara Brown and three other members of the crew, who are expected to remain in detention for up to a week.

Lebanese police allege that ’60 Minutes’ paid an international agency $120,000 to seize the children of Australian mother Sally Faulkner, who claims that her husband took them to Lebanon on a trip and never returned.

Australia doesn’t have treaties with Lebanon that would more easily enable their return through regular legal channels, which prompted Faulkner to reach out to third parties.

There are reports they’ll face court within the next few hours.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald.