NETHERLANDS: Legal Proceedings Against Malian Terrorist Begin

On 7 October the International Criminal Court began hearing charges filed against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi for the destruction of religious and cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali in 2012. Al-Mahdi was part of Ansar Dine, a militant group with ties to al-Qaeda, which after overtaking Timbuktu destroyed ten cultural sites for the purpose of eradicating a culture and it’s beliefs. Previous cases have set precedent for considering destruction of religious and or cultural sites a war crime, and the international community’s hope is that the same charges will apply to ISIS’s destruction of Syrian cultural sites, most recently including The Arch of Triumph in Palmyra, Syria.

[Cat McClure, cat.mcclure.ee@gmail.com]