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A first: Man faces war crimes charges for destroying Timbuktu monuments
By SP_COP on September 29, 2015 | From edition.cnn.com
A first: Man faces war crimes charges for destroying Timbuktu monuments For the first time, the International Criminal Court is trying someone on war crime charges for destroying a cultural monument.

The court in The Hague, which usually goes after individuals who violate humanitarian law during armed conflicts, is putting Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi on trial.

Al-Mahdi, also known as "Abou Tourab," is said to be a member of the al Qaeda-affiliated Ansar Dine in Mali. He allegedly directed the ransacking of the ancient North African city of Timbuktu in 2012. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage site....
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TAGS: charges, crimes, destroying, monuments, Sankore mosque, Timbuktu, war crimes

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