- Ben Roberts-Smith was “not an honest and reliable witness,” according to Justice Anthony Besanko.
- Justice Besanko’s full judgement was released on Monday after he dismissed the case last week.
- Mr Roberts-Smith was suing three media companies for defamation.
“I find that (Mr Roberts-Smith) was not an honest and reliable witness,” the judge said in the full judgment published on Monday.
Ben Roberts-Smith was last seen in Bali. Source: AAP / Dan Himbrechts
The ex-soldier sent threatening letters to witnesses who ultimately gave evidence against him at the defamation trial by hiring a team of private investigators to find out their addresses.
The activity to hide his tracks took place as the media reported truthfully on war crimes committed while Mr Roberts-Smith was deployed in Afghanistan.
“The applicant has motives to lie, being a financial motive to support his claim for damages in these proceedings, a motive to restore his reputation which he contends has been destroyed by the publication of the articles and significantly, a motive to resist findings against him which may affect whether further action is taken against him.”
In October, 2012 in the Chinartu district, Mr Roberts-Smith ordered another soldier to execute an unarmed Afghan prisoner being interrogated after his troop discovered a fake wall cavity filled with weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades and warheads.
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