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Naomi Campbell Testimony in Blood Diamond Case Opposed by Charles Taylor's Lawyers

June 1, 2010 (7:13 am) GMT
Lawyers for the Former Liberian President claim prosecutors to make the request as a publicity stunt, but the prosecutors believe she would provide direct evidence to the case.

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's lawyers have opposed a request to have testify at his war crimes trial in The Netherlands. Prosecutors have asked that the Brit be subpoenaed to testify about claims Taylor gave her a blood diamond as a gift at a party.

Campbell opposes the plan because she doesn't want to put herself or her family in harms way if she appears as a witness and testifies against Taylor. Taylor's British lawyer insists that anything Campbell might say in court will be irrelevant to the case and he accuses prosecutors of making the request as a publicity stunt.

But prosecutors say Campbell's testimony would provide "direct evidence of the accused's possession of rough diamonds." Taylor is charged with 11 counts of murder, torture, rape, sexual slavery and the use of child soldiers and terrorism during Sierra Leone's 1991-2002 civil war.

Campbell has refused to comment on allegations Taylor gave her a diamond gift at a party - she walked out of one recent interview when the subject was raised over and over again and, during a sit down chat with TV talk show host , she insisted she had no idea who Taylor was she she met him at a party.

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