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Supermodel gives evidence at war crimes trial

Supermodel gives evidence at war crimes trial
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Supermodel Naomi Campbell has appeared at the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in the Hague.

She was summoned by the prosecution to back claims that Taylor was given diamonds by rebels in Sierra Leone in 1997, which he then used to buy weapons.

She told the court: “I told my companions Mia Farrow and my agent Carol White exactly what had happened, in the middle of the night, my door was knocked at, I opened the door and I was given a pouch and I told them what I just told you and I am not sure which one of the two said ‘that’s obviously Charles Taylor’”.

The so-called “blood diamond” incident is said to have taken place after a charity dinner with Nelson Mandela in South Africa at which Charles Taylor was present.

Taylor was heavily involved in Liberia’s civil war from 1989 before being elected president in 1997. He governed for six years before heading into exile in Nigeria.

He denies all 11 charges of war crimes allegedly committed during brutal conflict in Sierra Leone, in which more than 250,000 people were killed.