• Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges


    THE HAGUE: Prosecutors Tuesday will unveil charges against an alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist accused of destroying monuments at the fabled city of Timbuktu in an unprecedented case before the world’s only permanent war crimes court. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi will be the first jihadist to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the first person in its dock facing war crimes charges for allegedly ordering an attack on a historic monument. There was global outcry when jihadists overran Timbuktu in early 2012, and attacked its ancient earthen mausoleums dating back to the city’s golden age as an economic, intellectual and spiritual center in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to the ICC arrest warrant, Faqi is accused of being “responsible individually and jointly with others … for committing war crimes by deliberately attacking” religious and historic monuments between June 30, 2012 and July 10, 2012.



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