Facing a jail sentence of up to 7 years and a fine if she does not testify, Naomi Campbell, well known supermodel, has been ordered to appear and testify in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
Taylor has testified that he has never possessed rough diamonds. If so he would be admitting that he possessed the diamonds associated with funding insurgency that have been labeled “blood diamonds”. At a 1997 celebrity packed reception in South Africa, Campbell is reported to have accepted a gift from then President Taylor of a large rough, uncut diamond.
Prosecutors are trying to prove that Taylor dealt in “blood diamonds” and have been trying to get Campbell to cooperate by testifying.
This is the first time a former African head of state has been put on trial by an International Court. The court’s summons will be delivered to Campbell’s lawyer, Gideon Benan of London.
After supposedly receiving the diamond, Campbell bragged about it to other guests at the South African event that she attended. Apparently among those she spoke of the diamond to are actress Mia Farrow and Campbell’s then agent, Carol White. Farrow and White have openly given interviews and have cooperated with the Court. Campbell has refused to address the court for the past year and has abruptly ended interviews if asked about the case by reporters.