The rebel leader gets nine years in prison for destroying the cultural heritage of Mali
The Malian rebel leader, Ahman al-Faqi al-Mahdi has Tuesday to nine years in prison for the destruction of cultural heritage sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu. That has the International criminal Court (ICC) Tuesday determined.
Al-Mahdi had compared the International criminal Court has been said to be guilty of destroying some holy places in the African country.
It was the first time that a suspect at the ICC should prevent for the destruction of cultural ergfoed. This is seen as a war crime for which 30 years in prison can be given.
Al-Mahdi destroyed in 2012 together with his followers nine mausoleums and a door of a mosque from the fourteenth century in the Malian city of Timbuktu.
“Your honor, I must acknowledge that what I have heard is correct and the events are correct. I confess guilt”, said al-Mahdi on August 22, when the court, the indictment read. Also he begged for forgiveness.
Tuareg rebels, backed by al-Qaida, fell in 2012 with weapons from Libya to Timbuktu. It was the sharia introduced and include music, a large part of the Malian culture, banned. Women had a burqa to wear, and girls could no longer go to school.
Al-Mahdi was a member of the extremist militia Ansar Dine. He would be at the head have been of the moraalpolitie of the movement, which is the islamic law in 2012 and 2013 in Syria was needed. He would have also been involved in the decisions and implementation of the islamic court in the city.