Naomi Campbell To Testify In The Taylor Trial

June 12th, 2010 - 4:55 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire  

June 12, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been summoned to a war crimes tribunal of Liberia’s former President Charles Taylor. She was allegedly given a rough blood diamond by Taylor, while on a trip to South Africa.

Taylor is being charged of 11 war crimes against humanity in the civil war of Sierra Leone during 1990’s. The charges include murder, torture, rape, sexual slavery, use of child soldiers and terrorism during his backing of the rebels in Sierra Leone. Prosecutors allege that Taylor provided the brutal rebels with arms and ammunitions in exchange for diamonds. But Taylor has denied the allegations.

Earlier in the trial actress Mia Farrow had claimed that Naomi had told her that she received a big blood diamond from the representatives of Taylor, which she was planning to give to Nelson Mandela’s children’s charity. She said that they went to attend a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in 1997 and at the breakfast table the following morning Naomi revealed that she has been given a diamond by Taylor at night.

The prosecutors appealed to subpoena Campbell in order to testify the claims of Mia Farrow. They claim that Naomi’s testimony would provide a direct evidence of Taylor’s possession of uncut diamonds from a witness who is not related to the Liberian or Sierra Leone conflict. But the defense lawyers are opposing the motion by calling it a publicity stunt.

Meanwhile, Naomi has refused to speak, stating that she is concerned about her safety and is not willing to involve herself in the case. Earlier in May, Campbell told the talk show host Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t want to get involved in the case of Taylor, who has done terrible deeds She didn’t want to put her family in any kind of danger. She had added. In April, she walked out of another interview that asked her about the diamond.

According to a court official Solomon Moriba, the court would be asking the UK government for assistance if Naomi refuses to testify.

-Sampurn Wire

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