Maine filmmaker detained in Israel heads home

Posted June 03, 2010, at 3:34 p.m.
This March 2010 photo released by girlfriend Charlotte Stuart, shows Scott Hamann, a filmmaker from South Portland, Maine, with his dog Chief. Hamann, who had been hired to document aid vessels defying Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, is among those detained for deportation from Israel, his father and girlfriend said Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlotte Stuart)  NO SALES
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This March 2010 photo released by girlfriend Charlotte Stuart, shows Scott Hamann, a filmmaker from South Portland, Maine, with his dog Chief. Hamann, who had been hired to document aid vessels defying Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, is among those detained for deportation from Israel, his father and girlfriend said Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlotte Stuart) NO SALES

PORTLAND — The father of a Maine filmmaker who was on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla involved in a deadly confrontation with Israeli commandos says his son is on his way home.

Scott Hamann of South Portland is expected to be back in Maine on Friday or Saturday. He was flown from Israel to Turkey on Wednesday after being released from detention.

Hamann, who was shooting video aboard one of flotilla’s six ships, and hundreds of others were detained in Israel after the flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos, leaving nine people dead. The ships were attempting to deliver aid in defiance of Israel’s 3-year-old blockade of Gaza.

Hamann’s father, Moe Hamann of Nashua, N.H., said his son was only given his passport, wallet and clothes when he was released from Israel.

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