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Hunting Past Causing Blood Diamonds to Live On


According to a statement from Naomi Campbell’s representative the British supermodel will appear before the court as a witness in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Prosecutors argued to reopen the case and say by having Campbell’s testimony it would prove that Taylor used rough [blood] diamonds for personal enrichment and arms purchases.

In 1997 Campbell was given a “blood diamond” by former president of Liberia Taylor in South Africa as a gift and prosecutors believe this gift could put Taylor behind bars. Actress Mia Farrow confirmed Campbell did receive the diamond, but Campbell refused to testify saying she wanted no involvement in the war crimes trail.

On July 1, the court issued a subpoena ordering Campbell’s appearance at the The Hague, Netherlands. Her consequences for not attending would have been a prison term of up to seven years, a fine of $500, or both.

Taylor has been charged with war crimes stemming from the violence that occurred during the civil war in Sierra Leone. The war fought mainly by teenagers who were given addictive drugs leading to violence behavior causing them to bloodly slaughter and rape individuals.  

Taylor, the former Liberian president serving from 1993-2003, has been charged with five counts against humanity, including murder, sexual slavery. violence, and enslavement. He also faces five counts of war crimes and one count of violation of  international humanitarian law. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The problem does not just lie within Campbell accepting the diamond, but blood diamonds are resurfacing. The resurface of these diamonds has miners loosing their lives and “Kimberley Process” worried about its initiatives.

The Kimberley Process is an industry-wide effort to prevent commerce rough [blood] diamonds from entering the market at any cost. Today Angola is the world’s fifth largest diamond producer by value. Though, Angola has tried its best to dilute the trade of blood diamonds over a thousand peasant miners are out everyday searching for diamonds with shovels. Because the miners lack government permits the miners are routinely beaten and harassed by soldiers and private security guards.

The reoccurring violence and deaths, which has made headlines in nearby Zimbabwe, is threatening to hurt the Kimberley Process.

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July 10, 2010 - Posted by | International

1 Comment »

  1. A Hunting Past For Campbell…

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