War crimes court orders Naomi Campbell to appear on July 29

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A war crimes court ordered supermodel Naomi Campbell on Thursday to testify in The Hague on July 29 about a "blood diamond" she was allegedly given by former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

Failure to do so could be punished by up to seven years in jail, the Special Court for Sierra Leone said in a subpoena.

Taylor has been on trial since 2008 for his alleged role in the civil war in Sierra Leone, accused of arming rebels in return for illegally mined diamonds.

Campbell will have to testify about claims by actress Mia Farrow that she was given a diamond by Taylor after a celebrity dinner hosted by then South African president Nelson Mandela in September 1997.

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