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Ben Roberts-Smith asked if stamps could be traced: trial

Ben Roberts-Smith asked if stamps could be traced: trial

Former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith offered explanations over several agreed facts put to him during Wednesday’s proceedings.

  • by Harriet Alexander and Deborah Snow

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‘Enemy’ of Ben Roberts-Smith had home raided by police, court told

‘Enemy’ of Ben Roberts-Smith had home raided by police, court told

The former special forces soldier denied that a private investigator he hired helped to “set up” a police raid on the home of one of his enemies.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Ben Roberts-Smith denies murdering Afghan prisoner, encouraging second execution

Ben Roberts-Smith denies murdering Afghan prisoner, encouraging second execution

The former special forces soldier has told the Federal Court the two men killed on Easter Sunday, 2009, were enemy combatants who posed a threat. He was asked if this was a “cover story”.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Roberts-Smith tests negative for COVID-19 as defamation trial set to resume

Roberts-Smith tests negative for COVID-19 as defamation trial set to resume

The former special forces soldier was briefly in self-isolation pending a test result after visiting a COVID-19 exposure site in the Sydney CBD during his defamation trial.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Media’s barrister circles Ben Roberts-Smith, campaign by campaign
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Media’s barrister circles Ben Roberts-Smith, campaign by campaign

Ben Roberts-Smith had a challenging day in the witness box on Friday, on day 10 of the 10-week trial.

  • by Deborah Snow
Roberts-Smith denies ‘inventing’ evidence in tense day in witness box

Roberts-Smith denies ‘inventing’ evidence in tense day in witness box

The former special air services soldier told his defamation trial on Friday that he had made a mistake in his evidence, prompting the barrister for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald to ask if he was being truthful.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn and Georgina Mitchell
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The lawyer and the soldier: Duelling words and the danger of legal traps

The lawyer and the soldier: Duelling words and the danger of legal traps

Barrister Nicholas Owens, SC, is recognised as being among the most skilled in his field, a gentleman interrogator and expert in the parsing of truth and lies. Former SAS soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has been trained in resistance to interrogation. And so begins the cross-examination.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Killed Afghan man was showing ‘hostile intent’, Roberts-Smith says

Killed Afghan man was showing ‘hostile intent’, Roberts-Smith says

The former special forces soldier has denied he was involved in the unlawful killing of an Afghan man in Darwan in 2012.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
Roberts-Smith’s lawyer casts his line with the practised art of a fly fisherman

Roberts-Smith’s lawyer casts his line with the practised art of a fly fisherman

On the last day of the former soldier’s evidence, it fell to lawyer Bruce McClintock to coax from the witness a demonstration of the emotional impact on him.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Ben Roberts-Smith case about to change register as cross-examination begins
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Ben Roberts-Smith case about to change register as cross-examination begins

The highly decorated ex-soldier has given his account of his actions in war and with his former girlfriend. The real grilling is likely to start on Thursday.

  • by Deborah Snow
As it happened: NSW records one new local COVID-19 case in Bondi; restrictions ease in Victoria as state records three new cases

As it happened: NSW records one new local COVID-19 case in Bondi; restrictions ease in Victoria as state records three new cases

Hundreds of residents in a Melbourne townhouse complex are anxiously awaiting the results of coronavirus tests, Australia’s minimum wage will increase by almost $20 a week, and NSW recorded a COVID-19 case in Sydney after 40 days without local transmission.

  • by Broede Carmody, Natassia Chrysanthos and Nick Bonyhady