Ben Roberts-Smith loses defamation case with judge finding former SAS soldier committed war crimes

The Guardian

By Ben Doherty
Ben Roberts-Smith VC, pictured here in Perth in 2013. Photograph: Theron Kirkman/AAP

Ben Roberts-Smith VC, Australia’s most decorated living soldier, murdered or was complicit in the murder of multiple unarmed civilians while serving in the military in Afghanistan, a federal court judge has found.

Sitting in Sydney, Justice Anthony Besanko found that, on the balance of probabilities, Roberts-Smith kicked a handcuffed prisoner off a cliff in Darwan in 2012 before ordering a subordinate Australian soldier to shoot the injured man dead.

Publish : 2023-06-01 13:13:00

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