A suspected Islamist militant is to become the first person to go on trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC over the destruction of cultural heritage.
AHMAD AL-FAQI AL-MAHDI faces charges of destroying nine shrines and a mosque in Timbuktu, Mali, in 2012.
Prosecutors say he was a member of Ansar Dine, an Islamist group that occupied the city’s world heritage site for months.
Islamists regard shrines as idolatrous.
It’s the first time destroying cultural heritage has been prosecuted as a war crime, and the first time a suspected Islamist militant has gone on trial at the ICC.