War crimes arrest in Goulburn area

March 21, 2023 10:48 am in by

AFP march 21 2023

A former SAS soldier accused of killing an Afghan civilian during a mission in southern Afghanistan more than a decade ago – has been arrested and charged with the war crime of murder.

The 41year old – was arrested in the Goulburn area by Australian federal police and New South Wales police.

He has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear at Sydney’s Downing Centre local court in May.

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In a statement, the Australian federal police said, it will be alleged he murdered an Afghan man while deployed to Afghanistan with the Australian defence force.

This is the first war crime charge of murder to be laid against a serving or former Australian Defence Force member under Australian law.

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