Saturday, 26 September 2015

On Trial for Destruction of Historical Monuments

An alleged Islamic extremist who is  accused of destroying Timbuktu monuments during unrest in 2012 in Mali has been sent to the :
Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, known as Abu Tourab, is the first suspect in the court’s custody charged with the war crime of destroying religious or historical monuments. Al Faqi was surrendered to the court by Niger based on an arrest warrant issued a week ago and transferred to the Hague early on Saturday. No date was immediately set for his arraignment. The court said in a statement he was a member of Ansar Dine, an Islamic extremist group with links to al-Qaida that ruled across northern Mali in 2012. He is charged in the destruction of 10 historic buildings including mausoleums and a mosque in Timbuktu. The entire city of Timbuktu is listed as a world heritage Site by Unesco.

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