CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. Zahra Baker s father says he wants to clear up his legal matters and leave the country.

As soon as all these matter are resolved and he has permission he heading back home to Australia, Adam Baker's lawyer, Shell Pearce said on Monday.

Baker also acknowledged to NewsChannel 36 that he was ready to leave the United States.

He was in Lenoir to face charges on five worthless check charges, two charges of communicating threats and one charge of failure to return rental property.

Neither Adam Baker nor his wife Elisa, who is in jail on murder charges in the death of her stepdaughter Zahra, had to appear in court.

Elisa Baker's attorney, Mr. Reilly, is involved in a trial in Catawba and could not be here today she wasn't brought here from the Catawba County Jail. said Pearce.

Pearce said that Baker has already made restitution on the worthless checks and will take the other charges to trial if necessary. Pearce said he does not believe that Baker could face jail time.

For these charges with his record level we do not anticipate, even in the worst, an active jail sentence. he said.

During the investigation into Zahra's disappearance Adam Baker surrendered his passport. He may have to wait until June to get his charges in Caldwell County cleared up. His charges were reset for a date that month.

Elisa Baker is also charged with the murder of her stepdaughter Zahra. A hearing on that charge is scheduled for June 27.

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