After two weeks inside a Beirut jail Tara Brown, Stephen Rice, David Ballment, Ben Williamson and Sally Faulkner are free.
The saga that began with a payment by the Nine Network ended the same way. A last minute multi-million dollar deal secured by the network saw the five walk free after 9pm (AEST) last night.
Tara Brown and Sally Faulkner in a van last night. Image via Today Show.
Its been a heavy price to pay for Sally Faulkner who has agreed to relinquish all custodial rights to her two children, Lahela, 5 and Noah, 3 - grant husband Ali Elamine a divorce and give up a custodial application in the Family Court in Australia.
She also has given away the right to ever bring her children home, negotiating a deal where she can see her children in Lebanon, or in a third country – but never in Australia.
Nine executives worked to get paperwork and compensation payments done by 9pm AEST so that Brown, Rice, Ballment and Williamson could walk free just hours after Mr Elamine and his mother, Ibtissma Berri, agreed to drop kidnapping charges against the crew.
Rice, Williamson and Tallment were the first to leave prison with Brown and Faulkner joined them in a waiting van half an hour later.
There were smiles and hugs between the five tired looking Australians as a relieved crew finally tasted freedom.
The deal done, the payment - rumoured to be up to $3m - made the 60 Minutes went straight to Beirut airport where they are currently waiting on a flight to return them home to Australia.