The world's first cultural war criminal
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Timbuktu vandal world's first cultural war criminal

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has sentenced an Islamist militant who destroyed ancient shrines in Timbuktu to nine years in jail.

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted to leading rebel forces who destroyed historic mausoleums at the world heritage site in Mali in 2012.

It is the first sentence based on cultural destruction as a war crime.

Video Journalist: Louise Smith

  • 27 Sep 2016
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