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Blood Diamonds

# blood-diamonds - Thursday 26 September, 2013

From TheJournal.ie War crimes verdict upheld for Charles Taylor Charles Taylor

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.

# blood-diamonds - Thursday 3 May, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Prosecution wants 80 years for Charles Taylor Charles Taylor

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.

# blood-diamonds - Friday 27 April, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Taylor verdict hailed a ‘victory for victims’ Blood Diamonds

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.

# blood-diamonds - Thursday 26 April, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Charles Taylor convicted in ‘blood diamond’ and child soldier trial Liberia

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.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Thursday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Good morning! Hope you’re not too wet out there…

From TheJournal.ie Naomi Campbell and blood diamonds: key moments of the Charles Taylor trial Charles Taylor

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.

# blood-diamonds - Tuesday 14 February, 2012

From TheJournal.ie Zimbabwean diamonds “could fund bloodshed” in future elections Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean diamonds “could fund bloodshed” in future elections

A new report alleges that funds from Zimbabwean diamond purchases could fund violence in the country during any future elections. Global Witness is urging people not to buy diamonds from the Marange region.

# blood-diamonds - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Global Witness leaves anti-Blood Diamond group in protest Blood Diamonds

Global Witness leaves anti-Blood Diamond group in protest

The NGO said the diamond certification scheme has failed to prevent the processing of conflict diamonds in Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Venezuela.

# blood-diamonds - Monday 8 August, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Blood diamond ‘torture camp’ discovered in Zimbabwe Blood Diamonds

Blood diamond ‘torture camp’ discovered in Zimbabwe

An investigation has revealed claims of systematic torture, beatings and rape at one Zimbabwe’s diamond mines.

# blood-diamonds - Thursday 16 June, 2011

From TheJournal.ie Mandela charity ex-chief innocent in ‘blood diamond’ case Blood Diamonds

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.

# blood-diamonds - 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.

# blood-diamonds - Friday 6 August, 2010

A FRIEND OF SUPERMODEL Naomi Campbell has admitted keeping the uncut diamonds given to him by the model in 1997 after she attended a dinner along with Nelson Mandela, Charles Taylor, and Mia Farrow.

Jeremy Ratcliffe, former head of Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund, released a statement to the BBC concerning the controversial diamonds after the model testified at the war crimes trial of Charles Taylor yesterday.

Testifying about the diamonds at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in Holland yesterday, Campbell said she received a pouch containing “dirty-looking stones” at her hotel room in the middle of the night from two men who offered no explanation for the gift. She said she assumed it was from Charles Taylor, but she has no evidence of that.

The model also said she had been “inconvenienced” by her appearance at the trial, and feared for her safety, as she says in this clip:



Taylor, the former Liberian president, maintains he never dealt in blood diamonds – diamonds mined in regions controlled by militant who use sales money to buy weapons and fuel their conflict. Taylor is accused of using the illegal gems to provide weapons for Sierra Leona rebels up to two decades ago.

Ratcliffe claims that Campbell gave him the stones and suggested they could be of use to the children’s charity, but he responded that he would not involve the organisation in anything that could be illegal.

He said he took the diamonds and decided not to report them in order to protect the reputations of Campbell, the charity, and Nelson Mandela. He said he has since handed them over to authorities.

# blood-diamonds - Thursday 5 August, 2010

NAOMI CAMPBELL has told the Special Court for Sierra Leone that she didn’t really want to be there, saying she just wants “to get this over with and get on with my life. This is a big inconvenience for me.”

The model is appearing as a prosecution witness in the war crimes case against former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Coverage of the trial can be found here, albeit with a 30-minute delay.



After being called as a witness, Campbell said she feared for her safety if she gave evidence, and the judge gave special orders prohibiting photographs of her entering or leaving the court.

The prosecution alleges Campbell was given blood diamonds by Taylor after attending a dinner with him and Nelson Mandela in 1997. Taylor has always denied receiving or dealing in the diamonds.

This morning, Campbell told the court that she received “dirty looking stones”, but did not know who they were from. She said two men appeared at her hotel room in the middle of the night and gave her a pouch with no explanation and no note.

Actress Mia Farrow, who is due to testify on Monday, claims Campbell told her about the encounter the next day. Campbell is appearing as a result of Farrow’s claims that she received blood diamonds from Taylor.

The model said she gave the stones to her friend who ran a children’s charity and asked him to do something with them. She said she didn’t really care what happened to them.