Ms Alexandra (Pippi) Bean – Libya – the facts

Media release

5 October 2012

Media coverage today has included commentary that suggests Ms Bean felt 'abandoned' by the Australian Government during the period in which she was being questioned by Libyan authorities in Tripoli.

In fact, Ms Bean received considerable consular assistance.

Details are as follows:

24 September 2012 – Ms Bean made contact with the Consul at the Australian Embassy in Cairo.

25 September 2012 – Ms Bean advised the Consul of a forthcoming interview with Libyan authorities.

26 September 2012 – Ms Bean advised the Consul that she was unable to depart the airport in Tripoli and that her passport had been taken from her.

27 September 2012 – The Consul telephoned Ms Bean to check on her welfare, and sent a formal communication to the Libyan Government seeking advice on Ms Bean's legal status.

27 September 2012 – The Australian Embassy in Rome contacted the UK Embassy in Tripoli. DFAT contacted the Libyan Ambassador in Canberra to seek assistance.

28 September 2012 – UK Embassy in Tripoli offered to accompany Ms Bean to her next meeting with Libyan authorities.

28 September 2012 – Consul arrived in Tripoli.

29 September 2012 – Consul met Ms Bean and UK embassy officials prior to a meeting with Libyan officials.

30 September 2012 – Consular officials escorted Ms Bean to the airport for her departure from Libya.

The following is an extract from an ABC 730 interview with Minister Carr which was recorded on the morning of 27 September 2012.

"She's [Ms Bean] had contact with our consul in Cairo and he's reported that all the representations he's made - the conversation he's had with her indicates that she's in good spirits and doesn't require further assistance, but we stand ready of course to provide any level of consular assistance that she needs."

Minister Carr's comments were correct at the time of the recording.

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