An ex-Australian SAS soldier has been charged with a war crime over the killing of an Afghan civilian, marking the first prosecution of a former or serving serviceman from the country over war crimes.
Former Australian SAS soldier Oliver Schulz has been charged with a war crime over the killing of an Afghan farmer while deployed in Afghanistan. The charges stem from footage that emerged of the farmer being mauled by a dog and then executed in a field. This marks the first time that a former or serving serviceman from Australia has been prosecuted over war crimes. Schulz is a decorated veteran of the Australian Army’s secretive special forces. The case highlights ongoing scrutiny of the actions of foreign troops in Afghanistan during the war.