The Hague- International Criminial Court
ICC Trial Chamber VIII declares Mr Al Mahdi guilty of the war crime of attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu and sentences him to nine years’ imprisonment
Destruction of cultural heritage has in recent years become an integral part of many armed conflicts but has often remained unpunished.
Director-General Irina Bokova UNESCO speaks of a "milestone in the recognition of heritage."
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