Hours later, the activist/media personality Joe Maalouf, who was following up on Hage’s disappearance, confirmed that she was kidnapped but that she was located and would soon reunite with her family.
Maalouf had also mentioned, without going into detail, that the father of the kidnapper was involved in negotiations with the family to “define conditions that violate the rights of minors to hand her over.”
It was later confirmed by her family members, her mother and brother, that she is finally back home.
Her mother, journalist Rita Wakim-Hage, stated on social media that, with the intervention of the Lebanese attorney Achraf Moussawi, her daughter was returned home safely and in good health.
She added that “authorities are continuing the investigation to find out the identity of the real perpetrator, the motives, and everyone who [may have been involved in the kidnapping].”
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