The Diamond and the War Crime

It’s like some weird movie where the plot is so convoluted, you never know what’s going on.

Naomi Campbell, the British model, testified in former Liberian leader Charles Taylor, war crimes trial.

“I was sleeping and had a knock at the door that woke me up. Two men were there and they gave me a pouch and said: ‘A gift for you’,” she told the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Prosecutors summoned Campbell to support their allegations that Taylor received so-called blood diamonds from rebels in Sierra Leone and used them to buy weapons during his 1997 trip to South Africa. Taylor denied the allegations as “nonsense.”

He is charged with 11 counts of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers during wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed. He denies all the charges.

Campbell initially refused to testify and told the judges she feared for her family’s safety after reading on the Internet about Taylor’s alleged involvement in mass killings.

“I’m used to seeing diamonds shiny and in a box … If someone had not said they were diamonds, I would not have known they were diamonds,” she said. Campbell passed the diamonds off to Jeremy Ratcliffe, manager of Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, who handed the diamonds over to South Africa.

Actress Mia Farrow told a war crimes court on Monday that she had heard supermodel Naomi Campbell say she had been given a “huge diamond” by Charles Taylor when he was in office.

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Posted on August 9, 2010, in Global Biz, Newspaper & Journal Articles and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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