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Abducted!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Gareth Harvey, Steven Burling

It's been the most public and bitter of family feuds - two parents, four children split across the world and splashed all over the media.

The story begins with a desperate escape. Mum, Laura, flees Italy and her allegedly violent Italian husband, to return home with the couple's four daughters.

Two years later, the Australian Federal Police arrive on the doorstep and literally drag the children onto a plane back to Italy.

Watching those girls struggle against the police and scream for their mother, it all seemed so heavy handed and so wrong.

But there are two sides to every story and this Sunday night for the first time, you'll hear what Dad's got to say.

And there's a third player in this sorry tale: the Australian government which knowingly aided and abetted an international kidnap.

DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE RESPONSE TO 60 MINUTES QUESTIONS:

As part of our investigation, 60 Minutes requested to speak with Foreign Minister Bob Carr, his predecessor Stephen Smith, Australia's current ambassador to Italy, David Ritchie, and his predecessor, Amanda Vanstone.

They all refused to be interviewed.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has provided a written response to some of our questions. Some sections of DFAT’s response have been edited for legal reasons.

The response can be viewed here.

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