‘It breaks my heart’: Ben Roberts-Smith speaks out on ‘devastating’ accusations | 7NEWS

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    Ben Roberts-Smith has told his high-profile defamation trial that being accused of war crimes in Afghanistan “breaks my heart”.

    Mr Roberts-Smith, 42, is suing the publishers of the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times over media reports from 2018 that he says depicted him as a criminal who broke moral and legal rules of military engagement in Afghanistan.

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