War Crimes Prosecutors Aim To Subpoena Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell. Photo by Jesse Gross (CC)

Naomi Campbell. Photo by Jesse Gross (CC)

From France 24/AFP:

Prosecutors want to subpoena supermodel Naomi Campbell to testify over a so-called blood diamond she allegedly received from Liberia’s ex-president Charles Taylor, said court papers filed Thursday.

“Ms Campbell’s testimony is necessary as there is evidence that Ms Campbell was given rough diamonds by the accused (Taylor) in September 1997,” said a prosecution application filed with the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

“Ms Campbell’s anticipated evidence concerns ‘a central issue’ in the case: the accused’s possession of rough diamonds,” states the document, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

Taylor’s war crimes trial heard claims in January that he had given Campbell a “large” diamond after a 1997 dinner hosted by South African ex-president Nelson Mandela.

The diamond was among those Taylor had obtained from Sierra Leone rebels and took to South Africa “to sell… or exchange them from weapons,” prosecutor Brenda Hollis said in cross-examination of Taylor at the time…

[continues at France 24/AFP]

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4 Responses to War Crimes Prosecutors Aim To Subpoena Naomi Campbell

  1. adam May 31, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    all diamonds are blood diamonds.

    • Hadrian999 May 31, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

      anything of value is going to have blood on it.

  2. vicwiz May 31, 2010 at 9:44 pm #

    throw it in the ocean

  3. N0m4d1c May 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    “Taylor… had given Campbell a “large” diamond after a 1997 dinner hosted by South African ex-president Nelson Mandela.”

    Prosecutors should also subpoena Mandela for hosting the dinner

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