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Ben Roberts-Smith executed unarmed Afghan civilian on ground, serving SAS soldier tells court | The Guardian

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An active duty Australian SAS member told federal courts he witnessed Ben Roberts-Smith shoot an unarmed Afghan civilian outside of a compound in Afghanistan. He also told the court that he saw Roberts-Smith order a subordinate to execute an elderly man. The witness is anonymized in the court as Person 41, and was a member of a raid on a compound in the Uruzgan province known as Whiskey 108 on Easter Sunday 2009.  Whiskey 108 was a well-known insurgent compound in the village of Kakarak. On April 12th, 2009 an Australian team including Person 41 and Roberts-Smith was clearing the compound. Person 41 gave evidence he was outside the compound when he saw Roberts-Smith “frog marching” an Afghan man away from the compound. Roberts-Smith allegedly threw the man on the ground on his back, flipped him over, and discharged his rifle into him 3-5 times killing him. After Roberts-Smith saw Person 41 standing there he asked “are we good?”

Person 41 also said that earlier in the raid inside the compound he heard Roberts-Smith order another team member to execute an elderly man who had been found near bomb making materials.

Roberts-Smith is suing multiple Australian newspapers for defamation over the series of reports leading up to the trial.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/feb/02/ben-roberts-smith-ordered-australian-soldier-to-execute-unarmed-afghan-man-court-hears

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