There’s been another dramatic day in The Hague as Hollywood actress Mia Farrow gave evidence to the war crimes tribunal of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.
Farrow seemed to contradict last week’s testimony by Naomi Campbell, over allegations Taylor gave the model a pouch of uncut diamonds after a dinner in 1997.
“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.’”
On Thursday, Campbell told the court she had been given several small stones, but she did not know they were diamonds, nor who sent them.
The prosecution is keen to prove Taylor had connections with the rebels in Sierra Leone, and received so-called “blood” diamonds, which he used to buy weapons.
He denies 11 charges of war crimes in connection with conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250, 000 people were killed.