A landmark case for the ICC; Kristin Hausler; Global Legal Post

Kristin Hausler, a research fellow at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, comments on the ICC’s recent ruling on a case involving the destruction of cultural heritage in Mali.

On 27 September, Trial Chamber VIII of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sentenced Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi to nine years in prison for having intentionally directed attacks against nine mausoleums and a mosque in Timbuktu, most of which were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.

These attacks, which took place over a period of ten days in late June and early July 2012, had been immediately condemned by the United Nations Security Council in its resolution 2056 of 5 July 2012. A week later, Mali referred its situation to the ICC, which opened an investigation and eventually issued an arrest warrant for Mr Al Mahdi, who was surrendered to the Court by the authorities of Niger on 26 September 2015.

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