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Naomi Campbell to testify at trial

Naomi Campbell is set to testify at Charles Taylor's war crimes trial, after judges rejected a final protest from the former Liberian president.

Taylor's lawyer had objected to the supermodel testifying on Thursday, arguing that the prosecution had not provided a summary of her likely testimony.

In Wednesday's ruling, judges rejected that, saying it was not reasonable to expect prosecutors to have a statement from Naomi, a hostile witness.

The reluctant catwalk queen was subpoenaed to testify about a diamond Taylor allegedly gave her after a dinner party in South Africa in 1997.

Prosecutors say that if true, that would help show Taylor supplied arms to Sierra Leone rebels in exchange for diamonds during Sierra Leone's 1992-2002 civil war.

Taylor denies trading in "blood diamonds".

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