War crimes prosecutors are seeking to subpoena supermodel Naomi Campbell, according to court papers.
Officials want to talk to the British model about a so-called blood diamond she allegedly received from Liberia’s ex-president Charles Taylor, according to court papers filed in The Hague.
A prosecution motion filed with the Special Court for Sierra Leone said: “Ms Campbell’s testimony is necessary as there is evidence that Ms Campbell was given rough diamonds by the accused (Taylor) in September 1997.”
Last month Campbell stormed out of an interview with ABC News after being asked about the diamond.
Actress Mia Farrow told UN prosecutors that Campbell had received the gem as a gift in 1997 when both were staying at the home of former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Taylor was also visiting Mr Mandela at the time.
In January, prosecutor Brenda Hollis told Taylor’s war crimes trial that the diamond had been obtained from Sierra Leone rebels and had been taken to South Africa “to sell … or exchange … for weapons”.
Taylor, on trial since January 2008, denied the claims.
He has pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity stemming from the brutal 1991-2001 civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
The charges include murder, rape, conscripting child soldiers, enslavement and pillaging.
Taylor stands accused of having fuelled war in Sierra Leone by arming the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) in exchange for “blood diamonds” – the name given to diamonds mined in rebel-held regions of Africa and sold to fund warfare.
The RUF is blamed for the mutilation of thousands of civilians who had their hands and arms severed in one of the most brutal wars in modern history, which claimed some 120,000 lives.
Story reprinted from Yahoo UK & Ireland News