*A UN court has granted supermodel Naomi Campbell’s request that she not be photographed arriving Thursday to testify about a diamond she allegedly received from accused war criminal Charles Taylor.
“No person shall photograph or video record Ms. Campbell while entering the tribunal building, exiting from the tribunal building or while she is in the tribunal building without leave of the trial chamber or Ms Campbell,” the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in The Hague, said in a ruling Tuesday.
It denied her request, however, for an order that she not be photographed in “transit to the court” in the Netherlands.
Journalists will have access to live feed from the courtroom of her testimony, the ruling said.
Campbell is set to give evidence about an uncut diamond the Liberian ex-president allegedly sent to her room after they met at a 1997 dinner hosted by South Africa’s then president Nelson Mandela. Prosecutors believe the model’s evidence will disprove Taylor’s claim that he never possessed “blood diamonds.”