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article imageSubpoena: Campbell should be responsible enough to face court Special

By Samuel Okocha     Jul 2, 2010 in Crime
British supermodel Naomi Campbell should be responsible enough to obey a court request to appear before the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, Amnesty International legal adviser Christopher Hall says.
The BBC on Thursday reported that Campbell has been ordered to give evidence on July 29 in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
In an interview just before the order was issued, Mr. Hall said the supermodel "has an obligation as any responsible person to comply with the subpoena when one is issued..."
The supermodel was allegedly given a "blood diamond" by Mr. Taylor in 1997 at Nelson Mandela's house in South Africa. Mr. Taylor has been accused of using such diamonds to fuel a ten-year war in Sierra Leone that ended in 2001.
Ms Campbell had reportedly previously refused to provide testimony in the case. If she finally appears in court, Hall said "she would then be fulfilling her obligations as human being to ensure that justice is done and that she provides evidence that the court requests."
But did the model receive any "blood diamond?
"My understanding is that she denied that story but we will have to wait to see what she says in court,'' Amnesty International legal adviser, Christopher Hall said.
What would happen if, after appearing in court, it is proven that Ms Campbell indeed collected the uncut diamond in South Africa?
He said: "It will depend on the law of the place where the alleged incident took place to determine whether she has committed a crime...also whether she was aware of the source of the diamond..and whether she received such diamond"
Prosecutors said the model's testimony would support their contention that Mr. Taylor lied when he testified that he never possessed rough diamonds. And if found that Taylor in fact lied?
"At this point, it's still speculative...we have to wait to see what the court decides on the charges," Hall said on phone.
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