Supermodel Naomi Campbell has applied for banning media coverage surrounding her as she prepares to give testimony in the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
Campbell is to appear in a court in The Hague on August 9 to answer questions about whether she was given a “blood diamond” by former Liberian dictator, Daily Mail online reported.
Prosecutors believe her evidence could be relevant to Taylor’s trial for war crimes during the 1990s civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone in which tens of thousands died.
He faces 11 charges relating to backing rebels in Sierra Leone, all of which he denies, including using child soldiers as young as ten to carry out massacres, murder and rape.
But for Campbell’s appearance at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in the Netherlands, her legal team have asked that she be given ‘protective measures’.
These could include a blanket ban on the disclosure of any information relating to the 40-year-old’s appearance, except what is revealed in public testimony, and a ban on the media filming or following her.