Malian man faces war crimes court over Timbuktu destruction

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Malian man faces war crimes court over Timbuktu destruction

<p>A man accused of ordering the destruction of <br /> historic buildings in Timbuktu in Mali has appeared before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Alleged Islamic radical charged in destruction of Timbuktu mausoleums appears… <a href="http://t.co/YBvbx45GW1">http://t.co/YBvbx45GW1</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews">@FoxNews</a> <a href="http://t.co/LKvLQC9gXC">pic.twitter.com/LKvLQC9gXC</a></p>— Raphael Gluck ツ (@einfal) <a href="https://twitter.com/einfal/status/649165806056509440">September 30, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The alleged al-Qaeda-linked Islamist, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was handed over to authorities by Niger over the weekend.</p> <p>Nicknamed the “City of 333 Saints,” Timbuktu was overrun by Islamists in spring 2012.</p> <p>By July militants had destroyed a number of the city’s fabled mausoleums dating from the 15th and 16th centuries when Timbuktu was famed for its economic, intellectual and spiritual activity.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ICC to try Islamist leader for destruction of Timbuktu tombs <a href="http://t.co/TAUIAcb75C">http://t.co/TAUIAcb75C</a> <a href="http://t.co/GNEaRDljVw">pic.twitter.com/GNEaRDljVw</a></p>— Y u no breaking news (@discoveringabot) <a href="https://twitter.com/discoveringabot/status/647787729896534018">September 26, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Faqi is alleged to have jointly ordered or carried out the destruction of nine mausoleums and the city’s Sidi Yahia Mosque. </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en-gb"><p lang="in" dir="ltr">ICC investigating Timbuktu <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/heritage?src=hash">#heritage</a> destruction by militants in hopes of criminal prosecution <a href="http://t.co/b3cciJVMwh">http://t.co/b3cciJVMwh</a> <a href="http://t.co/TpvCC43xkK">pic.twitter.com/TpvCC43xkK</a></p>— Integrated Heritage (@IHProject) <a href="https://twitter.com/IHProject/status/627098975104053248">July 31, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The court will announce if Faqi is to stand trial in January.</p>