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ICC: the demolition of Timbuktu’s cultural sites is war-crime


For the first time since its establishment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is prosecuting an accused for the destruction of historic religious buildings and monuments, recognized as war crimes committed during the recent conflict in northern Mali.

For the first time since its establishment, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is prosecuting an accused for the destruction of historic religious buildings and monuments, recognized as war crimes committed during the recent conflict in northern Mali.

To the stand Ahmad al-Mahdi al-Faqi, alias Abu Tourab, former head of the Hisbah, the religious police of the jihadist group Ansar Eddine, guilty of committing war crimes during the occupation of the city of Timbuktu, attacking and destroying historical monuments and Religious buildings between June 30 and July 10, 2012.
Specifically, the extremist would organize the destruction of the Sidi Yahya mosque and nine mausoleums containing the revered Sufi saints’ remains. All works built between the thirteenth and seventeenth century and declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
In the charges hearing of March 1, the Hague Court has determined that al-Faqi is due appear before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The jihadi leader had appeared for the first time before the ICC on 30 September, after which in utmost discretion the chief prosecutor of the Court, the Gambian Fatou Bensouda, had requested the extradition from Niger.

The destruction of the Timbuktu manuscripts

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