Ex-SAS soldier charged with resisting AFP officer after giving evidence at Ben Roberts-Smith trial

A former Special Armed Services member and friend of Ben Roberts-Smith has been accused of obstructing and pushing an Australian Federal Police officer.

The man, who can only be identified as Person X, gave evidence in Mr Roberts-Smith’s defamation trial and was taken into custody yesterday.

Ben Roberts-Smith outside the Federal Court today.
A witness in the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial has been charged with resisting an AFP officer, just hours after giving evidence. (James Alcock)

9News understands he was back at his hotel when AFP officers arrived with a warrant to seize his phone. It’s alleged he resisted those orders and pushed one of the officers.

The former SAS soldier is now facing two charges, including causing harm to a Commonwealth official.

He was released on a $10,000 bond and is now free to return home overseas as long as he returns to Australia for any hearing of the case.

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