If you’re like me – specifically, operating on a touch too little sleep and not yet adequately caffeinated – you probably read that as ‘Campbell Brown, War Crimes’ witness. Turns out that this is actually not any kind of News of the Weird, though:
WAR crimes prosecutors want to subpoena supermodel Naomi Campbell to testify over a so-called blood diamond she allegedly received from Liberia’s ex-president Charles Taylor.
“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.
“Ms Campbell’s anticipated evidence concerns ‘a central issue’ in the case: the accused’s possession of rough diamonds,” states the document, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
Via Ed Driscoll. To be honest, I’ve never really delved deep into the Blood Diamond thing – I haven’t even seen the movie – but what I have read has been uniformly… unpleasant. As is Charles Taylor; if he only existed in books the character would be denounced as a heavy-handed, racist caricature of African dictators.