Monday, June 13, 2011

Former Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund head diamond trial postponed

By Khanyisa Tabata
13 June 2011

The trial of former Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund head Jeremy Ratcliffe has been postponed in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court due to a power failure.

Ratcliffe stands accused of possession of illegal diamonds, which were allegedly given to him by supermodel Naomi Campbell in 1997.

It is believed that she had received the diamonds as a gift from war crimes accused former Liberian leader Charles Taylor.

The Court apologised to Ratcliffe, saying it is often hit by power failures in winter. The trial will resume on Wednesday.

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