Watershed ruling for war crimes against culture

International Arts Manager,
22 August 2017, Mali

The Malian terrorist Ahmad al-Faq al-Mahdi has been deemed liable for damages amounting to €2.7m in connection with the destruction of UNESCO World Heritage Site buildings in Timbuktu. This was decided in The Hague (18 August) by a division of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Al-Mahdi had been convicted and sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment back in 2016 for his involvement in the destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Efforts to rebuild the ancient city have since been actioned by locals and UNESCO.