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Ben Roberts-Smith verdict live: judgment due in former Australian soldier’s defamation case – latest news

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the federal court’s decision in the blockbuster defamation case brought by Ben Roberts-Smith.

The court will soon decide whether Australia’s most decorated living soldier was defamed by a series of newspaper articles accusing him of murdering unarmed civilians while serving in Afghanistan.

The trial has been one of the most dramatic and costly defamation cases in memory.

We are expecting a judgment to be handed down at 2.15pm in the federal court in Sydney, delivered by Justice Anthony Besanko.

Stick with us – we’ll bring you all the developments as they happen.

Ben Roberts-Smith leaves the Federal Court of Australia in Sydney last year. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

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