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Mia Farrow testifies in Charles Taylor war crimes trial

London: Mia Farrow today testified at the war crimes trial of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, contradicting the evidence given by supermodel Naomi Campbell earlier.

The Academy award winning actress and Campbell, along with Taylor were guests at a charity gala hosted by former South African President Nelson Mandela in 1997 and were called by prosecution to testify about the `blood diamonds` allegedly gifted to the model by him.

The 40-year-old catwalk star had testified on August 6 that she was given a pouch containing "small very dirty looking stones," by two unknown men who came to her hotel room late at night after the gala.

But Farrow told the UN court that Campbell had told her that Charles Taylor had sent her a "huge diamond", over breakfast the next day, reported BBC online.

"She said that in the night she had been awakened, some men were knocking at the door, and they had been sent by Charles Taylor, and they had given her a huge diamond," Farrow told the court.

If Farrow`s account is true, it would dent Taylor`s denials of any involvement with the trade in illicit diamonds.

The prosecution claims Taylor traded guns to rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in exchange for uncut diamonds for their role in financing conflicts during the country`s 1992-2002 civil war, which left more than 100,000 dead.

Taylor denies all 11 charges he faces at the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone, including murder, rape, sexual enslavement and recruiting child soldiers.

Farrow had been due to testify after Carole White on Monday, but she was called out of order, enraging Taylor defense lawyer.

PTI

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