Militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi gets 9 years for war crimes – Hutton Pulitzer #GoXplrr 

The International Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced Islamic militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi to nine years of imprisonment for destroying ancient shrines in Mali.

Mahdi, believed to be a member of al Qaeda affiliateAnsar Dine in Mali, pleaded guilty to war crimes for destroying religious and historic monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu.
The trial was a landmark one at The Hague, marking the first time the International Criminal Court tried cultural destruction as a war crime.
The court found Mahdi supervised the destruction of 10 of the most important historical sites at the UNESCO World Heritage site and participated in attacks on at least five.

Source: Timbuktu destruction: Militant Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi gets 9 years for war crimes – CNN.com

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