Ali Elamine with his children.
Ali Elamine with his children.

60 Minutes child snatching dad paid $500k by Nine: report

CHANNEL Nine paid US$500,000 to Lebanese father Ali Elamine in the official settlement registered with the prosecuting judge, News Corp Australia has reported.

Further monies were also paid directly to Elamine's family to encourage him to drop charges against the 60 Minutes crew, the report said.

Elamine has denied receiving any money, though he indicated on radio yesterday he would like to be paid compensation.

News reported Elamine was initially offered $350,000, an amount he scoffed at.

The revelation comes amid reports of proof that the Nine Network directly paid tens of thousands of dollars to a former Australian soldier to snatch back Sally Faulkner's two children in Beirut.

A payment slip provided to News Corp shows the network transferred $69,000 to a company connected to Child Abduction Recovery International (CARI).