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Roberts-Smith entitled to presumption of innocence, court told

Roberts-Smith entitled to presumption of innocence, court told

Decorated former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith was effectively convicted of war crimes by three newspapers without a trial, his defamation case has been told.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn

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We can’t stand up to Russia if we don’t confront ugly truths about Afghanistan: Hastie

We can’t stand up to Russia if we don’t confront ugly truths about Afghanistan: Hastie

Andrew Hastie, the opposition’s defence spokesman and a former SAS soldier, said the West must be willing to use lethal force to fight its enemies.

  • by Latika Bourke
BRS barrister’s rough night for a good cause
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BRS barrister’s rough night for a good cause

Arthur Moses’ celebrity sleep-out effort attracts some interesting backers.

  • by Noel Towell and Kishor Napier-Raman
If we fail to prosecute war crimes, the law is a ‘dead letter,’ says inquiry judge

If we fail to prosecute war crimes, the law is a ‘dead letter,’ says inquiry judge

Major-General Paul Brereton has warned of the danger of national pride trumping justice when it comes to holding war criminals to account.

  • by Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters
Court in the trenches: Behind the scenes of the Ben Roberts-Smith trial

Court in the trenches: Behind the scenes of the Ben Roberts-Smith trial

The off-stage drama in Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial included political manoeuvring, backstage machinations and a secret affair – though not the one people were talking about.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Ex-soldier ‘couldn’t say’ whether Roberts-Smith was complicit in murders, court told

Ex-soldier ‘couldn’t say’ whether Roberts-Smith was complicit in murders, court told

A former senior SAS soldier has told the Federal Court that he relied on his subordinates to give truthful accounts of any killings alleged to have occurred in battle.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
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Dozens of witnesses, $25 million and 98 days later, Roberts-Smith defamation trial nears its end

Dozens of witnesses, $25 million and 98 days later, Roberts-Smith defamation trial nears its end

It is among the most protracted, complex and costly defamation trials ever conducted in Australia. Ben Roberts-Smith’s trial is now entering its final stages.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Final witness gives evidence in Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation case

Final witness gives evidence in Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation case

The long-running defamation case brought by war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith against three media outlets has entered its final days of evidence.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Afghan soldier absent on day of alleged killing, says Ben Roberts-Smith witness

Afghan soldier absent on day of alleged killing, says Ben Roberts-Smith witness

A former elite soldier has supported Ben Roberts-Smith’s account of a key mission in Afghanistan, as the war veteran rejects claims he committed war crimes.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Lies and lexicon: clear and present memories in Ben Roberts-Smith case

Lies and lexicon: clear and present memories in Ben Roberts-Smith case

The only logical explanation for two groups of soldiers holding such different recollections, the media barrister says, is that one of them is lying. And if that’s the case, it follows that they are colluding.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Roberts-Smith punched soldier who acted ‘jovial’ after bungled mission, court told

Roberts-Smith punched soldier who acted ‘jovial’ after bungled mission, court told

A former elite soldier supporting Ben Roberts-Smith in his Federal Court defamation case has given evidence that the war veteran punched a comrade.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn