Decorated soldier loses defamation case over true war crime allegations

In a landmark defamation case, highly decorated Australian soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has been unsuccessful in his lawsuit against three newspapers that accused him of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The publications were sued for multiple articles that also alleged Roberts-Smith bullied his peers and assaulted a woman with whom he was involved in an extramarital affair. This is the first instance in which a court has evaluated war crime allegations against Australian forces.

The judge stated that the extensive civil trial demonstrated the murder allegations, which Roberts-Smith denied, were substantially accurate. However, no criminal charges have been brought against him, and no findings have been made against him in a criminal court. Roberts-Smith was not present for the judgement on Thursday.

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Lilly Larkin

Lilly is a writer with a diverse international background, having lived in various countries including Thailand. Her unique experiences provide valuable insights and culturally sensitive perspectives in her news reporting. When not writing, Lilly enjoys exploring local art scenes, volunteering for community projects, and connecting with people from different cultures.