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25 August 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt & Hermione Gee

For more than a year Charles Taylor’s trial has taken place in relative obscurity. But since fashion model Naomi Campbell and actress Mia Farrow were asked to give evidence about a diamond Mr Taylor was alleged to have given to Campbell that has all changed. The IJT asked lead defense counsel for Mr Taylor, Courtenay Griffiths, about the challenges of conducting such a case under the spotlight.

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02 June 2010 by -

Model Naomi Campbell has taken center stage at Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial. Prosecutors at the Special Court for Sierra Leone want to subpoena her to testify against the former Liberian president.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

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02 June 2010 by -

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04 October 2010 by -

Former Nelson Mandela charity trustee Jeremy Ractliffe is facing criminal charges after British supermodel Naomi Campbell testified that she gave him "blood diamonds" in 1997, South African authorities said on Saturday.

Ractliffe, who was head of Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund (NMCF) charity at the time, owned up to having the gems after Campbell mentioned them in testimony at the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in August.

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14 July 2010 by -

Former rebel leader Issa Hassan Sesay last week told the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) that his Revolutionary United Front (RUF) rebel group was not controlled by Charles Taylor. He also denied giving diamonds to the former Liberian president.

By Thijs Bouwknegt, The Hague

Naomi Campbell