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‘Serious failings’: Defence quietly releases war crimes inquiry response plan

‘Serious failings’: Defence quietly releases war crimes inquiry response plan

Defence will make a preliminary decision about whether to strip medals from soldiers who committed serious wrongdoing and compensate Afghan victims by the end of 2021.

  • by Anthony Galloway

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Second Afghan villager tells Roberts-Smith defamation trial about ‘big soldier’

Second Afghan villager tells Roberts-Smith defamation trial about ‘big soldier’

“Even if I die, I will tell the truth,” an earlier witness told the war veteran’s defamation trial against The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Roberts-Smith being treated like ‘human piñata’, his lawyer tells defamation trial

Roberts-Smith being treated like ‘human piñata’, his lawyer tells defamation trial

The war veteran’s barrister said the defamation trial could not keep “dragging on” amid the COVID-19 pandemic and needed to be concluded as soon as possible.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
‘Wrong morally’: Official photo of Ben Roberts-Smith was altered to hide Crusader’s cross

‘Wrong morally’: Official photo of Ben Roberts-Smith was altered to hide Crusader’s cross

Former special forces soldier Ben Roberts-Smith displayed a Crusader’s cross on his uniform while on duty in Afghanistan. Many Muslims find the symbol offensive.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Ben Roberts-Smith trial to resume to hear evidence from Afghan witnesses

Ben Roberts-Smith trial to resume to hear evidence from Afghan witnesses

The barrister acting for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald told the Federal Court “we’re not going to get an orderly two-week notice period that the Taliban is going to attack Kabul”.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
The untouchables: Top detectives to investigate ‘disgraceful’ kill squad
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The untouchables: Top detectives to investigate ‘disgraceful’ kill squad

A crack team of homicide investigators is being recruited to probe war crimes, including what’s been dubbed “the most disgraceful episode in Australia’s military history”.

  • by Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters
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Taliban circle as Afghan witnesses in Ben Roberts-Smith case wait in a safe house

Taliban circle as Afghan witnesses in Ben Roberts-Smith case wait in a safe house

While proceedings in the ex-soldier’s case are on hold until the threat of coronavirus recedes, the danger is advancing for three men and one woman who are set to give evidence from Afghanistan.

  • by Harriet Alexander
‘I’m happy to go on’: Brendan Nelson waxes lyrical about SAS soldier

‘I’m happy to go on’: Brendan Nelson waxes lyrical about SAS soldier

Brendan Nelson put up a spirited defence of the reputation of Ben Roberts-Smith, including tales of the “reverential mobs” that used to fall upon the former SAS soldier wherever he went, until the day he was accused of war crimes.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Ben Roberts-Smith asked if stamps could be traced: trial

Ben Roberts-Smith asked if stamps could be traced: trial

Former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith offered explanations over several agreed facts put to him during Wednesday’s proceedings.

  • by Harriet Alexander and Deborah Snow
‘Enemy’ of Ben Roberts-Smith had home raided by police, court told

‘Enemy’ of Ben Roberts-Smith had home raided by police, court told

The former special forces soldier denied that a private investigator he hired helped to “set up” a police raid on the home of one of his enemies.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Attacks on war crimes researcher in a tawdry, misogynistic tradition
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Peter Dutton

Attacks on war crimes researcher in a tawdry, misogynistic tradition

A loose grouping of media obsessed with alleged “wokeness”, veterans and social media trolls have piled on to Canberra-based sociologist Samantha Crompvoets.

  • by Chris Masters and Nick McKenzie