Taylor has been convicted by the Special Court for Sierra Leone on ”11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for arming Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for ‘blood diamonds’ mined by slave laborers and smuggled across the border” between 1991 and 2002. Several of the diamonds in question were allegedly given to supermodel Naomi Campbell during a trip to South Africa in 1997.
A refresher: Campbell was called to testify about allegations that Taylor had given her the jewels, broke a camera after reporters hounded her about the allegations, refused to speak in court for fear of her and her family’s safety, was slapped with a subpoena, and finally testified two years ago.
The court will sentence 64-year-old Taylor in another hearing next month. The Associated Press notes that the court can’t give life or death sentences, but has sentenced others convicted of similar crimes to decades in prison.
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