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#Charles Taylor

# charles-taylor - Thursday 26 September, 2013

War crimes verdict upheld for Charles Taylor

Victims of the former Liberian president’s regime spoke of their relief after his 50-year jail term was upheld.

# charles-taylor - Sunday 3 June, 2012

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# charles-taylor - Wednesday 30 May, 2012

Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years for war crimes

The former Liberian leader was convicted of crimes of the “utmost gravity in terms of scale and brutality” according to judges.

# charles-taylor - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Prosecution wants 80 years for Charles Taylor

Prosecutors say that Charles Taylor deserves an 80-year sentence for the war crimes he was convicted of last week, including aiding and abetting murder and rape on a mass scale.

# charles-taylor - Friday 27 April, 2012

Taylor verdict hailed a 'victory for victims'

Human rights groups call for better reparations for victims and for more perpetrators to be brought to justice.

# charles-taylor - Thursday 26 April, 2012

Charles Taylor convicted in 'blood diamond' and child soldier trial

Former Liberian president is first world leader convicted by an international court since the Nuremburg trials.

Naomi Campbell and blood diamonds: key moments of the Charles Taylor trial

The former Liberian leader will be the first ex-president to receive judgment from an international tribunal since the Nuremberg trials.

# charles-taylor - Thursday 16 June, 2011

Mandela charity ex-chief innocent in 'blood diamond' case

Supermodel Naomi Campbell testified that she gave stones – believed to have come from ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor, who is being tried for war crimes – to the former head of Nelson Mandela’s children’s charity in 1997.

# charles-taylor - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

AS NAOMI CAMPBELL’s former agent, Carole White, prepares to take to the witness stand at the Hague for the second time today, the only clear thing to emerge from the Blood Diamond trial is that – well, nothing much is terribly clear at all.

In an attempt to sort the diamonds from the dirty pebbles, here’s our guide to who’s claiming what…so far.

When they first heard about the diamonds:

Naomi says:  When I was sleeping I had a knock on my door. I opened my door and two men were there and gave me a pouch and said: ‘A gift for you’. I opened the pouch the next morning when I woke up… I saw a few stones in there, they were very small dirty-looking stones.

Mia says:  Naomi joined us at the breakfast table, but before she sat down, she immediately recounted an event of that evening. She said in the night she had been awakened by some men who were knocking at her door, and that they had been sent to her by Charles Taylor and they had given her a huge diamond.

Carole says: Whilst we were eating dinner, Naomi leant back and Charles Taylor leant forward and Naomi was very excited and told me, ‘Oh he’s going to give me some diamonds..After dinner we went back to the guest house. Naomi was very excited about the diamonds that were meant to be arriving. She was in communication with some men, including I believe the driver who was due to be bringing the diamonds.

We both went to bed. I heard some pebbles hit my window. I looked down and two guys were there. They said: ‘We have something for Miss Campbell – can you let us in?’ I woke Miss Campbell. We went downstairs and let the men in. She really wanted to let them in.

They took out a scruffy paper and handed it Miss Campbell and said: ‘These are the diamonds’. She opened them and showed them to me.

How many stones were there?

Naomi says: I can’t really recall after 13 years. Maybe two or three?

Mia says: Naomi Campbell said ‘diamond’ – singular. That’s what she said. I didn’t see the diamond or diamonds.

Carole says: Five or six.

Did Naomi know the stones were diamonds?

Naomi says: If someone hadn’t said they were diamonds I wouldn’t have guessed right away that they were. When I’m used to seeing diamonds I’m used to seeing them shiny in a box

Mia says: She may not have used the word ‘huge’ but she did say a diamond.

Carole says: After the men had gone we both discussed the diamonds… She [Naomi] was quite disappointed because they were not shiny… They weren’t very big.

Who said they were from Charles Taylor?

Naomi says: At breakfast I told Miss Farrow and Miss White what had happened and one of the two said, well that’s obviously Charles Taylor, and I said, yes I guess it was. I think it was Mia Farrow who said there was no-one else at the table that would give such a gift. So the assumption was made. I don’t know anything about Charles Taylor. Never heard of him before, never heard of the country Liberia before. I never heard of the term ‘blood diamonds’ before. So I just assumed that it was (him)

Mia says: Naomi.

Carole says: Naomi told me at dinner. Charles Taylor was smiling and nodding in agreement.

# charles-taylor - Monday 9 August, 2010

ACTRESS MIA FARROW has contradicted Naomi Campbell’s evidence at the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Taylor is facing a range of charges for human rights abuses, including murder, rape and terrorism.

Last week, Campbell said she had received the uncut diamonds in the middle of the night after a dinner party in 1997.

She said she only realised that the “dirty-looking stones” were diamonds the next morning when discussing the incident at breakfast with her former agent Carole White and Mia Farrow, and didn’t know where they were from.


The model said either White or Farrow had suggested to her that it was Charles Taylor who had sent the unmarked gift.

Today, Farrow said Campbell was the first to suggest Taylor was behind the gift, and that the model had acknowledged the gift was a diamond.

Farrow said:

She said in the night she had been awakened by men knocking at her door that said they had been sent to her by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a very huge diamond.

When questioned by the court specifically about whom had initially suggested Taylor’s involvement, Farrow said “Naomi Campbell.”

She said Campbell’s intention was to give the diamond to Nelson Mandela’s children’s charity.

Campbell told the court last week that she had presented the stones to her friend Jeremy Ratcliffe, who was running the charity at the time.  A statement released by Ratcliffe after Campbell’s testimony said he had been given the stones and kept them ever since, but had recently handed them over to authorities.

Ratcliffe said he didn’t want to involve the charity in anything illegal and decided it would be better to keep them.