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Two things haven’t surprised us this week. One was our first spot of rain in what seems like forever. The second was Naomi Campbell telling The Hague war crimes court that being there to give evidence was a “big inconvenience” for her.
A diva to the end.
The supermodel was at The Hague testifying at ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial about allegations that he gave her “blood diamonds” as a gift in 1997.
Prosecutors have said that her evidence could help link Taylor to the stones, which he is accused of using to fund civil war in Sierra Leone.
Indeed, in another diverish move Campbell’s barrister, Matrix Chambers’ Ken Macdonald QC, managed to persuade the court that she needed “protective measures” when she gave evidence (see story).
The court’s order banned anyone from filming or snapping her as she went in and out of the court in The Hague or while she was waiting in the lobby.
While the rules allow the court to order measures to be put in place to protect the “privacy and security” of witnesses, war crimes tribunals usually make these types of provision only when a witness, fearing for their safety, asks to give evidence anonymously.
And Campbell knows a thing or two about the law of privacy. Six years ago she persuaded judges in the House of Lords that a newspaper interfered with her right to a private life when it published photographs of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.