A foreign correspondent offered Australian audiences local insight into the fate of the Sixty Minutes crew on Thursday night’s episode of The Project.
The Guardian’s Middle-East reporter Kareem Shaheem said while the people of Lebanon had reacted positively to the mother’s story, the news crew faced an uphill battle.
“There’s very little sympathy for the TV crew.” Shaheem said.
Shaheem explains the reaction as being partly due to what the media company’s actions symbolise to the Lebanese people.
“It gives the impression that foreigners can simply come into the country and carry out a transnational kidnapping without facing punishment would be an embarrassment to the authorities and an embarrassment to the judiciary.” He said.
Shaheem said it could be a matter of months before it is known whether the matter will be referred to trial.
"We're looking at a good couple of months before we even know if there are going to be trial proceedings." He said.
This comes after all members of the crew and Faulkner were brought before a judge this week.