Naomi Campbell summoned for 'blood diamond' trial
Supermodel Naomi Campbell may have to testify at the war crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor after prosecutors said that they have evidence that she accepted a jewel from the African dictator.Updated: May 24, 2010 13:29 IST
The 39-year-old has so far refused to co-operate with the hearing and she recently stormed out of a US television interview when she was asked about it.
A judge will now decide if the subpoena will be issued, which would force the catwalk beauty to attend the proceedings where Taylor is being tried for crimes against humanity, reported Daily Mail online.
"Ms Campbell's testimony is necessary as there is evidence that Ms Campbell was given rough diamonds by the accused (Taylor) in September 1997," said a prosecution motion filed with the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Taylor is on trial at The Hague and denies 11 charges of instigating murder, rape, mutilation, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers during wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone in which more than 250,000 people were killed.
Prosecutors allege that Taylor provided arms and ammunition to brutal rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war in exchange for diamonds. He denies the allegations.
It is claimed that Taylor gave the supermodel the diamond during a trip to South Africa following a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela.
The prosecution also wants actress Mia Farrow to testify about the alleged gift. Farrow says Campbell told her about the diamond gifted to her.
First Published: May 22, 2010 17:40 IST