Former Liberian ruler Charles Taylor faces 11 charges at his war crimes trial in The Hague. Testimony Thursday morning centered on a gift he gave to model Naomi Campbell in September 1997.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell told a war crimes court at The Hague she did receive diamonds during a 1997 trip to South Africa.
She said they were huge stones – a few very small, dirty looking stones. Campbell said she did not know who the diamonds were from.
But actress Mia Farrow told her they must have come from former Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.
It's testimony prosecutors believe could help convict Taylor of war crimes.
Taylor is accused of receiving diamonds from rebels in Sierra Leone in exchange for weapons during the country's bloody civil war. Taylor allegedly sent Campbell a diamond after a dinner party in South Africa hosted by Nelson Mandela.
Charlie D’Agata reports, “Mia Farrow herself is expected to testify here at The Hague next week, and the actress says she's confident her version of the events is accurate. In her words, 'you don't forget when a girlfriend tells you she got a huge diamond in the middle of the night.'
Court observers say any proof the exchange took place could unravel Charles Taylor's defense.
An official court observer, Alpha Sasay, said, “To say that he lied because in his testimony as a witness in his own defense he said that he has never been in possession of diamonds.”
Campbell will face intense questioning from Taylor's defense team.
They want to make sure the celebrity is not the star witness that brings Taylor down
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