Naomi Campbell in the Netherlands to testify in Taylor case

Naomi Campbell is in the Netherlands to testify at 9.00 Thursday morning in Leidschendam in the trial for war crimes against former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

In front of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) at 8.00 on Thursday morning, there were about dozens of journalists, cameramen and photographers from around the world waiting for the arrival of the British super model.

The municipality of Leidschendam-Voorburg has placed barriers at the entrance to the court to keep those interested at bay. Also, some streets are closed and in others a street parking.

Chief Prosecutor Brenda Hollis complainant of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) wants to question Campbell about a so-called blood diamonds. Her testimony would prove that the former president “used rough diamonds for personal enrichment and arms purchases,” according to papers filed with the U.N.-backed court.

Campbell has said she does not want to be involved in the case, prosecutors said, forcing them to ask the court to issue a subpoena ordering her to appear.

“Her anticipated evidence rebuts the accused’s testimony that he never possessed rough diamonds,” prosecutors said.

Taylor, 62, has been on trial for nearly three years. He is accused of fueling a bloody civil war in Sierra Leone that led to widespread murder, rape and mutilation.

The trial is being held at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in The Hague, the Netherlands. The court was set up jointly by the west African country of Sierra Leone and the United Nations.

Blood Diamonds played a major role in the terrible wars in West Africa in the nineties.

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