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Charles Taylor's war crime trial

08-10-2010 08:25 BJT

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Now to the Hague, and the former business agent of British supermodel Naomi Campbell has told a war crimes court that former Liberian President Charles Taylor arranged to send the model a gift of uncut diamonds in 1997.

Carole White's testimony contradicts the British model's statements at the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone. Actress Mia Farrow testified that she overheard Campbell say she had been given a "huge diamond" by Taylor, also contradicting Campbell's testimony. The model downplayed her contact with Taylor, saying she received an unexpected gift of "dirty looking" pebbles after a dinner, and did not initially realize they were diamonds or who sent them.

Prosecutors are seeking to link the gems to Taylor to prove allegations that he received diamonds from rebels in Sierra Leone and used them to buy weapons. The Liberian former leader is facing 11 war crime charges. He has denied all of them.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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