Forking out for court costs
Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith has been ordered to pay $910,000 into a court bank account as security if he’s to continue his appeal against his lost defamation case. That’s the one where he accused The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times of defaming him by publishing articles accusing him of war crimes, including the murders of unarmed Afghan civilians. The judge ruled in favour of the newspapers’ truth defence, and there’s wrangling over how much he and his supporters have to pay the publisher after both sides ran up legal bills of $35 million. And now, Roberts-Smith has been told to put some money down before the appeal starts in February.
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