Charles Taylor trial: Celebrity witness evidence

  • 9 August 2010
  • From the section Africa

An alleged gift from Liberia's former President Charles Taylor to the model Naomi Campbell has become a key issue in his war crimes trial.

The court has been told that Ms Campbell was given uncut stones after a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1997.

But the court has heard conflicting evidence from Ms Campbell, her former agent Carole White and the actress Mia Farrow about the gift and its origin.

Linking Mr Taylor to illegal, "blood diamonds" is key to the prosecution's case as it claims he used them to fund rebels in Sierra Leone's civil war.