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Campbell's evidence contradicted at war crimes trial

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Campbell's evidence contradicted at war crimes trial


It has been another day of drama at the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor in the Hague.

Hollywood actress Mia Farrow and the former agent of Naomi Campbell seemed to directly contradict the model’s claims that she did was unaware of Taylor’s intention to give her diamonds.

“As I recall she was quite excited and said in effect ‘Oh my God! In the middle of the night last night I was awakened by knocking at the door and it was men sent by Charles Taylor and he sent me- as I recall- a huge diamond.’” she told the court.

Campbell told the court last week she had received a gift of some small stones but did not know what they were OR who they were from.

But her former agent Carole White told the court the model claimed Taylor promised her the gems during a charity dinner:

“Naomi leant back and Charles Taylor leant forward and Naomi was very excited and told me ‘Oh! He’s going to give me some diamonds’.”

Taylor denies 11 charges of war crimes in connection with bloody conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which 250 thousand died.

Its alleged he supplied rebels with weapons in return for so-called “blood” diamonds, mined in conflict zones and used to fund wars.

Proving that he gave diamonds to Campbell would go some way towards denting his credibility, observers say.

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