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Charles Taylor Sentenced to 50 Years in Prison
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) sentenced former Liberia President Charles Taylor to a single term of 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting rebels during the long-running civil war in Sierra Leone. The...
Financial-Legal May 30, 2012 Deena Taylor
Charles Taylor
Charles Taylor’s Legacy‎
The guilty verdict against former Liberian president Charles Taylor, handed down on April ‎‎26 in The Hague, should send a clear message to Africa’s rogue leaders. But the fact that ‎Taylor was the first...
Fair Trade May 04, 2012 Avi Krawitz
Taylor’s Defense Boycotts Trial
The three-year trial against Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president accused of war crimes, entered its final stages at The Hague with Taylor’s lawyer boycotting the procedure and accusing the judges of “putting their egos ahead of justice” as reported by the Associated Press (AP). The...
Financial-Legal Mar 01, 2011 Rapaport
Charles Taylor
The Charles Taylor Trial
The war crimes trial of Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague was set to close this week. However, the final proceedings may now be delayed in much the same manner...
Fair Trade Feb 10, 2011 Avi Krawitz
U.S. Provides $5M in Funding for Special Court for Sierra Leone
The United States provided funds of $4.5 million for the 2011 fiscal year to help fund the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Talyor at the Special Court of Sierra Leone, the U.S. State Department said. "By all calculations, the court would have...
Financial-Legal Nov 24, 2010 Deena Taylor
Mia Farrow Claims Naomi Campbell Knew Origins of 'Dirty-Looking Stones'
Actress Mia Farrow has disputed Naomi Campbell's claim that the supermodel did not know the origins of a diamond gift from former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Farrow testified at The Hague on Monday in the trial being conducted against Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra...
Fair Trade Aug 09, 2010 Avi Krawitz
Campbell Confirms Diamond Gift in Taylor Testimony
British model Naomi Campbell confirmed on Thursday that she was given a rough diamond gift in South Africa in 1997, but said she did not know if the diamonds were sent to her by Liberia's former President Charles Taylor, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported.Campbell testified as a witness in the international...
Fair Trade Aug 05, 2010 Deena Taylor
Rapaport TradeWire July 9, 2010
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Mining Jul 08, 2010 Rapaport
Rapaport TradeWire July 2, 2010
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Mining Jul 01, 2010 Rapaport
Campbell Storms Out of Blood Diamond Interview
Super model Naomi Campbell stormed out of an interview when an ABC News reporter asked her about receiving a “blood diamond” from the former president of Liberia, Charles Taylor. “I didn’t receive a diamond and I’m not going to speak about that,” Campbell said on first reference to the incident....
Rough Markets Apr 25, 2010 Avi Krawitz
U.S. Indicts Bout, Chichakli for Supporting Taylor
The United States issued a new indictment against Viktor — also known as Victor — Bout, who, according to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Sanctions Committee on Liberia, supported former President Charles Taylor's regime in an effort to destabilize Sierra Leone and gain illicit access to its diamonds. Bout has...
Retail Feb 17, 2010 Jeff Miller
Ian Smillie Addresses Human Rights, Diamonds and the Kimberley Process
The following address was delivered by Ian Smillie of the Development Diamond Initiative, during the Rapaport International Diamond Conference in New York on September 10, 2009. HUMAN RIGHTS, DIAMONDS AND THE KIMBERLEY PROCESSIan Smillie, Chair, Diamond Development InitiativeLess than a month ago, the Chair of the...
Rough Markets Sep 10, 2009 Ian Smillie
UN Appoints Kamara to Special Court of Sierra Leone
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara as acting prosecutor for the Special Court of Sierra Leone. Kamara will be the first Sierra Leone citizen to serve in this capacity, pending the appointment of a new prosecutor to replace Stephen Rapp, who resigned to serve as the UN's Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes. The...
Polished Markets Sep 08, 2009 Jeff Miller
Rapaport TradeWire - Friday, July 10, 2009
Rapaport TradeWire - Friday, July 10, 2009News: -->Caution: Polished prices softening with some discounts exceeding 40% below list. Rough price bubble developing as Antwerp reports further 10% price increase at BHP tenders. Recent rough price increases appear unsustainable and may be fueled by too much...
Mining Jul 10, 2009 Rapaport
Rapaport TradeWire - Friday, June 19, 2009
Rapaport TradeWire - Friday, June 19, 2009News: Indian manufacturers pushing demand for rough as they resume manufacturing. Indians have also begun cutting Princess shapes after a long break. Diamond jewelry sales improving in U.S. Higher prices of 10% to 15% reported at BHP Billiton rough tender. DTC...
Mining Jun 19, 2009 Rapaport
Judges Dismiss Taylor's Acquittal Request
Judges at the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone have rejected a request to acquit Charles Taylor, Liberia's former President, on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Taylor’s lawyers filed a motion to acquit, but judges at The Hague ruled there was evidence on which Taylor could...
Rough Markets May 05, 2009 Jeff Miller
Prosecution Concludes Witness Testimonies in Charles Taylor Trial
One year since the start of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia, the prosecution has concluded its witness testimony. Taylor, the first head of state to be tried by an international tribunal, faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity that he is accused of having committed during Sierra...
Rough Markets Feb 09, 2009 Avi Krawitz
Diamonds in 2008: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
If there was any doubt, 2008 certainly proved we live in interesting times. To borrow from another clichéd Chinese saying,"the times have produced their heroes" -- as well as their villains. It was a year when sportsmen broke boundaries, politicians smashed glass ceilings, and businessmen became mere mortals at best....
Mining Jan 06, 2009 Avi Krawitz
UN Extends Mandate of Panel to Assess Liberia’s Kimberley Process Compliance
The UN Security Council passed a resolution Friday extending to December 20, 2009, the mandate of the panel of experts appointed to oversee Liberia’s compliance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The council also renewed the arms embargo on Liberia and the travel ban on individuals who "had threatened the...
Rough Markets Dec 21, 2008 Avi Krawitz
WDC Focuses on KP
At the sixth annual meeting of the World Diamond Council (WDC), it was easy, at first glance, to get the impression that the 100-plus delegates had come to congratulate one another on the job they had done in alleviating “blood diamond” traffic with the Kimberley Process (KP). But...
Retail Aug 01, 2008 Marc Goldstein
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