News Piece of Interest: The Hague Begins its First Cultural Destruction Trial

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Anny Shaw has written a piece for The Art Newspaper on The Hague’s first International Criminal Court trial on cultural destruction over the razing of the Mausoleums of Timbuktu in Mali. According to the article, entitled “First cultural destruction trial opens at The Hague’s International Criminal Court”:

In the first case of its kind, the alleged Malian jihadi leader Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi is due to stand trial on 1 March, accused of war crimes for ordering the demolition of historic monuments. Al-Faqi is charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague with razing nine mausoleums and the 15th-century Sidi Yahia mosque in Timbuktu in northern Mali. The court, established in 1998 through the signing of the Rome Statute, has never before dealt with the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime.

You can read her full piece on the event here.

Alternatively, the International Criminal Court has posted its own information about the trial here.

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