/ 07 June 2021

Roberts-Smith defamation case kicks off

Still in the courts, and the highly anticipated defamation trial brought by Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith against The AgeSydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times starts in Sydney today. He says a series of ­reports published in 2018 are defamatory because they claim he committed war crimes, including murder – allegations he denies. Nine Entertainment (which owned the 3 papers at the time) says the claims aren’t defamatory because they are true. Slated to run for at least 8 weeks, more than 70 witnesses are lined up to give evidence. That includes Roberts-Smith’s ex Emma Roberts who is giving evidence against him. He launched legal actions against her last week over leaked confidential documents. Hold onto your hat…

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