The former head of Nelson Mandela’s charity fund has been charged with illegally keeping uncut diamonds given to him by supermodel Naomi Campbell.

Jeremy Ractliffe admitted he had the gems only when Ms Campbell mentioned him at ex-Liberian leader Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial in August.

He then handed the gems to police and resigned as a trustee of the fund.
Prosecutors say the stones are “blood diamonds” which Mr Taylor gave to Ms Campbell after a dinner in 1997.

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