Defense lawyers for former Liberian President Charles Taylor are opposing a request by prosecutors to call model Naomi Campbell as a witness at his war crimes trial.

Taylor's defense lawyers say the bid to get the model to testify is nothing more than a publicity stunt.

Prosecutors asked the court to subpoena Campbell earlier this month.  They say Taylor gave a large, rough-cut diamond to Campbell after a 1997 dinner in South Africa.

Taylor is accused of arming rebels during Sierra Leone's civil war in exchange for so-called "blood diamonds," the name given to gems mined and sold to finance war.

The supermodel has denied receiving a diamond from Taylor, and Taylor also has denied the prosecutors' claims.

The former Liberian leader is facing a total of 11 charges, including murder, rape, sexual slavery and conscription of child soldiers, stemming from Sierra Leone's civil war from 1991-2002.  He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.


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