SAS soldiers told commander that Ben Roberts-Smith not ‘fit and proper person’ to receive Victoria Cross, defamation trial hears

A group of SAS sergeants told SAS senior command a decade ago that Ben Roberts-Smith was unfit to be awarded the Victoria Cross, alleging he claimed battlefield kills made by other soldiers, and bullied and assaulted his comrades, the federal… Read More »SAS soldiers told commander that Ben Roberts-Smith not ‘fit and proper person’ to receive Victoria Cross, defamation trial hears

Witness agrees with Ben Roberts-Smith that no fighting-aged men were inside tunnel, court hears

The soldier who discovered the infamous tunnel in Whiskey 108 says there were no fighting-aged males hiding inside, backing Ben Roberts-Smith’s version of events of a fiercely contested mission in Afghanistan, the federal court has heard. Roberts-Smith’s fourth soldier witness,… Read More »Witness agrees with Ben Roberts-Smith that no fighting-aged men were inside tunnel, court hears

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: witness tells court he liked Instagram post calling dead Afghan a ‘terrorist paedo’

A soldier witness called by Ben Roberts-Smith in his defamation trial has told the federal court he liked social media posts that called an Afghan civilian allegedly murdered by Australian soldiers a “terrorist paedo”, and lawyers involved in the case… Read More »Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: witness tells court he liked Instagram post calling dead Afghan a ‘terrorist paedo’

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: former patrol commander denies ordering execution of elderly prisoner

Ben Roberts-Smith’s former patrol commander has denied in court accusations he ordered the execution of an elderly Afghan prisoner discovered hiding in a tunnel – in an alleged “blooding” of a junior soldier. The retired soldier, anonymised before the court… Read More »Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: former patrol commander denies ordering execution of elderly prisoner