Ben Roberts-Smith: Afghan civilians to testify via video link in former soldier’s defamation case

Ben Roberts-Smith: Afghan civilians to testify via video link in former soldier’s defamation case

The Guardian

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Fairfax Media’s case bolstered after court agrees witnesses would have little hope of travelling to Australia to give evidence

Afghan civilian witnesses will be allowed to give evidence via remote link in the Ben Roberts-Smith war crimes defamation proceedings against the Age and Sydney Morning Herald, a judge has ruled.

The ruling is a win for the old Fairfax newspapers, allowing them to rely on alleged eye-witnesses as they fight allegations they defamed Roberts-Smith, a Victoria Cross winner and special forces veteran, by suggesting he committed war crimes.

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