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Charity boss quits over diamonds

The ex-chief of a Nelson Mandela charity is resigning from its board after the revelation that he secretly kept diamonds passed on to him by supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Jeremy Ractliffe said he kept the stones in a safe for 13 years until he handed them over to South African police earlier this month.

This was after Campbell told the war crimes trial of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor that she handed them as a donation to Ractliffe after she was given them by two unidentified men after a 1997 charity dinner.

The prosecution says they were ‘blood diamonds' from Taylor.

Prosecutors called Campbell to help prove Taylor traded in illegal diamonds to arm Sierra Leone rebels. The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund said that Ractliffe will leave its board this month.

Belfast Telegraph