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Naomi Campbell wanted as war crimes witness

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Naomi Campbell wanted as war crimes witness


Naomi Campbell has been ordered to testify at the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor.

Prosecutors say the supermodel was given a so-called “blood diamond” from Taylor after a gala dinner in South Africa. She has previously refused to comment on the allegations or give testimony.

Taylor denies 11 charges including instigating murder, rape and torture and arming child soldiers in Liberia and Sierra Leone during the 1990s.

He also denies possessing rough diamonds, given to him by rebels in Sierra Leone in exchange for weapons.

Campbell’s former agent has said she was present when the model received a rough diamond from Taylor after a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela.

And actress Mia Farrow has provided written testimony to the war crimes court in The Hague affirming that Campbell told her of the gift the morning after she received it.

If Campbell refuses to testify on July 29, she faces seven years in prison for contempt of court.

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