A former elite soldier has informed a Sydney court docket he received a complicated get dressed festival at an unofficial soldier bar in Afghanistan through dressing up as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
- A witness for Ben Roberts-Smith informed the court docket he wore the KKK outfit as a shaggy dog story to a birthday celebration
- The previous soldier has given proof consistent with his former colleague
- He has been criticised as a biased witness through the defence because of his shut friendship with Mr Roberts-Smith
The ex-Particular Air Provider Regiment (SAS) member, codenamed Particular person 35, was once referred to as as a witness through Ben Roberts-Smith’s criminal crew within the warfare veteran’s defamation case towards 3 newspapers.
He was once as of late requested a couple of 2012 birthday celebration at The Fats Girls Fingers bar in Tarin Kowt and informed the Federal Court docket he selected to wait as a Klansman partially as a result of he didn’t need to pay for a dressing up.
“Why did you assume it was once humorous?” Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, Arthur Moses SC, requested.
“Only a parody … only for fun,” the witness spoke back.
“(To) make a laugh of the particular Klan itself. They’re beautiful pathetic and I used to be simply creating a shaggy dog story of it.”
Mr Moses requested if the ex-soldier was once reprimanded.
“No, I used to be no longer, I in reality received the fondness get dressed festival,” he spoke back.
Particular person 35 additionally agreed in court docket he drew photos of winged genitalia on forums in his lodging in Afghanistan, as a “parody” of the winged dagger image, on a number of events.
“Every now and then I’d simply draw an fun image, only for fun and to have a shaggy dog story,” he stated.
“(It) turn out to be my trademark artwork.”
Particular person 35 has this week given proof supporting Mr Roberts-Smith’s account of an April 2009 venture at a Taliban compound nicknamed “Whiskey 108”, the place writer 9 Leisure alleges two illegal killings came about.
Earlier witnesses for the newspapers have claimed they noticed two males give up from a secret tunnel within the compound, who have been then taken prisoner and allegedly accomplished, then again each Mr Roberts-Smith and Particular person 35 declare there have been no males within the tunnel.
Beneath cross-examination through 9’s barrister, Nicholas Owens SC, Particular person 35 admitted he was once an lively social media consumer and had “preferred” Instagram posts offering remark of the defamation case.
Mr Owens learn out the expletive-laden content material of one of the crucial posts and instructed they mirrored the witness’s view that it was once harmful to query what other folks like Mr Roberts-Smith did in Afghanistan.
“When you’re going to query a soldier about what came about in another country, you want to query the army about what came about first,” Particular person 35 stated.
Mr Owens stated the witness had “preferred” a lot of posts describing 9’s witnesses as “rats and snitches” and Particular person 35 stated he believed the newspaper’s witnesses have been mendacity.
He many times informed the pass judgement on he got here to court docket to inform the reality and rejected tips he was once an “completely partisan witness”.
“That’s unsuitable, Mr Owens,” Particular person 35 spoke back.
The trial, sooner than Justice Anthony Besanko, continues.