Former SAS soldier warned Ben Roberts-Smith inquiry into alleged war crimes would be a ‘witch-hunt’, court hears

A former SAS soldier told Ben Roberts-Smith to prepare for an Australian military inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan as it was a witch-hunt, he told a court. The war veteran’s former patrol commander, codenamed Person Five, returned to… Read More »Former SAS soldier warned Ben Roberts-Smith inquiry into alleged war crimes would be a ‘witch-hunt’, court hears

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: ‘I believed something unlawful had happened’, Andrew Hastie says

Australia’s Special Air Service regiment was riven by a “culture war” with one faction obsessed by a “pagan warrior ethos” where “killing was a sacrament in itself”, the assistant defence minister, Andrew Hastie, has told Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial. Hastie,… Read More »Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial: ‘I believed something unlawful had happened’, Andrew Hastie says

‘I was afraid of what he might do’: woman tells court Ben Roberts-Smith punched her and threatened to burn down her house

Ben Roberts-Smith punched a woman he was having an affair with in the face, refused to take her to hospital when she pleaded for medical help, and then took pictures of her naked while she slept, the woman has told… Read More »‘I was afraid of what he might do’: woman tells court Ben Roberts-Smith punched her and threatened to burn down her house

Ben Roberts-Smith accused of ‘intimidating witnesses’ to war crimes inquiry, court hears

Ben Roberts-Smith ran an “aggressive intimidation campaign” against witnesses giving evidence to a government war crimes inquiry, a former comrade has told the federal court. The soldier, anonymised before the court as Person 7, also gave evidence Roberts-Smith repeatedly punched… Read More »Ben Roberts-Smith accused of ‘intimidating witnesses’ to war crimes inquiry, court hears