In the defamation trial of the century, Australia’s most-decorated living soldier is seeking to defend his reputation against reports in three newspapers that he says falsely accuse him of being a war criminal. His lawyers argue Roberts-Smith has been unfairly targeted by envious comrades and assisted by credulous journalists. The newspapers’ lawyers say their reporting is true, and that Roberts-Smith broke the ‘moral and legal rules of military engagement’, something he denies outright.
But who is Ben Roberts-Smith, and how did he earn the military’s highest honour, the Victoria Cross?
Jason Chong as the voice of Ben Roberts-Smith
Colin Smith as Nicholas Owens SC