Diamond charge charity boss Jeremy Ractliffe cleared
Wednesday 15 June 2011
A former South African charity boss has been cleared of illegally possessing diamonds allegedly given to him by supermodel Naomi Campbell
Jeremy Ractliffe, former chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund, had been charged with violating laws against possessing uncut diamonds.
It is illegal in South Africa to possess a rough diamond because of possible links to diamonds sold to fund fighters in African civil wars.
Magistrate Renier Boshoff issued the verdict in Johannesburg.
Mr Ractliffe was chief executive in 1997 of the Mandela charity and Ms Campbell said passed on to him uncut diamonds given to her after a fund raising event also attended by Liberian President Charles Taylor, believed to be their source.
Taylor is being tried in The Hague for trading in illegal diamonds.
The difference between a migrant and refugee, in one sentence
Czech police haul migrants off trains to Germany and 'write numbers on their arms in ink'
Trans actress Candis Cayne reveals she walked out of a Curb Your Enthusiasm audition over an offensive joke
More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 3 If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will?
- 4 Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches, it's time to act
- 5 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
£12000 - £13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This social media management pr...
£23000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Deputy Editor - Wimbledon...
£26000 - £30000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Editor (Magazines/Publish...
£25000 - £28000 per annum + 24 days holiday, bonus, etc.: Ashdown Group: Print...