Britain’s supermodel, Naomi Campbell testified today at the Hague, reluctantly responding to questions about diamonds she may have received from Liberian President Charles Taylor who is being tried for war crimes. Campbell initially refused to testify but was subpoenaed by the court.
“I don’t want to be here. I was made to be here … This is a terrible inconvenience to me,” Campbell told the court.
Campbell claims that, after attending a charity dinner with President Taylor, two men came to her door and gave her a pouch containing what she described as dirty stones that she did not recognize as diamonds but says that she donated them to Mandela’s Childrens Fund. She denies claims by her former agent that she’d been flirting with President Taylor at dinner when Taylor promised her diamonds and gave her at least one of the so called blood diamonds after dinner.
By questioning Campbell, prosecutors hopes to prove that President Taylor received the rough cut diamonds from rebels. President Taylor is accused of using the diamonds to finance the rebellion in Sierra Leone where tens of thousands of people were killed or mutilated.
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