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Judge to deliver verdict in Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case next week



Almost 11 months after his lengthy trial, Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith will soon learn whether his defamation case over war crimes reports has been successful.

The former SAS corporal sued The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times in a Federal Court trial over 2018 reports claiming he committed war crimes in Afghanistan including murder, and acts of bullying and domestic violence.

The 43-year-old has denied all claims of wrongdoing, while the newspapers defended them as true.

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The trial spanned over a year and wrapped up after eight days of closing addresses on July 27, 2022.

Justice Anthony Besanko will hand down his judgment on June 1.

The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald are owned by Nine, the publisher of this website. 

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