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

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

Christian Porter’s barrister should not have been barred from case because friend of accuser ‘wishes him ill’, court told

Christian Porter’s high-profile barrister should not have been barred from acting for the former attorney general in his defamation case against the ABC because a close friend of his accuser “wishes him ill”, the federal court has heard. Almost 12… Read More »Christian Porter’s barrister should not have been barred from case because friend of accuser ‘wishes him ill’, court told

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