Normally the behaviour and antics of one Ms. Campbell really does muster much interest from the serious political types. Her absurd temper tantrums and treatment of help is tabloid fodder, but not much interest to those interested in international relations.
Wikipedia tells of one sordid tale. bit.ly/aP3WMr Then again after reading this she might have more in common with dictators than we thought. They prefer moving helicopters or planes with not parachute, but the thought is the same.
“In 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty in a Toronto court to a 1998 assault on Georgina Galanis, her then assistant; Campbell had allegedly assaulted Georgina Galanis with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out of a moving Peugeot…19]”
That is, of course, until we found that Ms Campbell testifying at the trial of Charles Taylor the former Liberian President. The trial is not her normal about some fracas or other, but about the very serious subject of “war crimes”. The man in question is not a nice man at all, but seems to know Ms. Campbell. The Guardian reports on what he is charged with and the fact he blames his arrest on the US. bit.ly/9l1CHT
“11 charges he faces and denies including murder, rape, sexual slavery and recruiting child soldiers in neighboring Sierra Leone.”
Furthermore we get to hear the glorious irony that she was introduced to the man by none other than living Saint to many, Nelson Mandela. Inquiring minds want to know. We have the odd meeting of the tabloid press and the serious press at a trial in the Hague. Stephen Glover in the Daily Mail finds how she came into contact with Taylor ironic. bit.ly/9IxMFB
“Ms Campbell is alleged to have accepted a ‘blood diamond’ from Mr Taylor – or from a couple of his heavies – after meeting him at a dinner given by Nelson Mandela, then President of South Africa, in 1997. Can this be the same saintly Nelson Mandela revered by world leaders, championed by the media and adored by billions of people? Yes, it can. “
Of course, this being Naomi Campbell she sought special privileges for her testimony. Her legal representative requested the following according to the Sun. bit.ly/bhiEge
“Macdonald asks that “members of the public, the media, the parties and the court not follow, photograph, video record or sketch Miss Campbell’s transit to the court within the Netherlands and that the government of the Netherlands be respectfully invited to assist in the enforcement of this protective measure.”
Normally people at war crimes trials are brought in under heavy guard, but Campbell thinks she deserves special treatment. Still this might be another lesson for the glitterati on how they should choose their friends carefully. Then again her appearance might educate the tabloid reading hordes about what really goes on under the more despicable regimes of Africa.