Naomi Campbell confirms gift of stones in Hague testimony

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has confirmed that she received a gift of “dirty-looking stones”, that she assumed was from the war crimes suspect former President of Liberia Charles Taylor.

Campbell was handed the stones following a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in 1997.

“When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened the door and two men were there. They gave me a pouch and said, “A gift for you.'” The men didn’t introduce themselves nor say anything else, Campbell said.

The next morning, she opened the pouch and saw a few “very small, dirty-looking stones.” She then shared what happened with her agent and another woman at breakfast.

“Well that’s obviously Charles Taylor,” one of them said. Then, one of them added, “Well, obviously they are diamonds.”

Taylor faces war crimes charges over a brutal conflict in Sierra Leone, which was fueled by rough diamonds, also known as blood diamonds or conflict diamonds.

Taylor, 62, was president of Liberia from 1997 to 2003 and faces five counts of war crimes, including acts of terrorism and torture, and one count of other serious violations of international humanitarian law. He has pleaded not guilty.

The case is followed by the international media. Early this morning there were dozens of journalists, cameramen and photographers from around the world waiting for the arrival of Campbell.

The court ordered that Naomi Campbell may not be photographed on the street in The Netherlands. “There are legitimate reasons for concern for Mrs. Campbell’s security and privacy for her public reputation and the extremely intense media attention for her testimony, according to the judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

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