NPA given 'Campbell diamonds' docket

2010-09-17 20:46
Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority has received a docket relating to uncut diamonds that a former Nelson Mandela Children's Fund trustee said he received from model Naomi Campbell.

"A docket has been submitted for a decision," said NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga on Friday.

The docket was handed over by specialist police unit, the Hawks, but further details on its contents could not be divulged while prosecutors decide whether to go ahead with a court case.

In August, Jeremy Ractliffe admitted that he took and kept three small uncut diamonds given to Campbell in 1997 so she would not get into trouble.

During Campbell's testimony at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Netherlands, she spoke of how she was given the diamonds in the middle of the night and presumed they were from Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president on trial for war crimes.

Ractliffe then issued a statement saying he took and kept the uncut diamonds given to Campbell while on a trip associated with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, so she would not get into trouble.

"Three small uncut diamonds were given to me by Naomi Campbell on the Blue Train on 26th September 1997," he said in a statement.

He took them because he thought it might be illegal for her to take uncut diamonds out of the country.

Campbell suggested they could be of some benefit to the fund, but Ractliffe said he told her he would not involve the fund in anything that could be illegal.

"In the end I decided I should just keep them."

The fund distanced itself from the matter, saying it knew nothing about it, and Ractliffe had since resigned from its board and apologised for not telling the chairperson about the diamonds.

A person found in possession of uncut diamonds, which is illegal in South Africa without a licence, could face 10 years' imprisonment.
- SAPA
Read more on:    npa  |  naomi campbell  |  jeremy ractliffe  |  charles taylor trial  |  blood diamonds
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Mood swings and emotional rollercoaster rides are still on the cards for most of today. The most important thing is to consciously...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.