International Criminal Court 3

The International Criminal Court 3 in The Hague, Netherlands will today deliver their judgement in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi. It is alleged that Mr Al Mahdi, of Timbuktu, Mali, was an active personality in the context of the occupation of Timbuktu. He allegedly was a member of Ansar Eddine, a movement associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb ('AQIM'), working closely with the leaders of the two armed groups and in the context of the structures and institutions established by them. It is alleged that, until September 2012, he was the head of the 'Hisbah' (a body set up to uphold virtue and prevent vice), set up in April 2012. He was also associated with the work of the Islamic Court of Timbuktu and involved in the execution of its decisions. Mr Al Mahdi is being prosecuted for the alleged deliberate destruction of the following historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu, Mali, between the approximate dates of 30 June 2012 and 11 July 2012: 1) the mausoleum Sidi Mahamoud Ben Omar Mohamed Aquit, 2) the mausoleum Sheikh Mohamed Mahmoud Al Arawani, 3) the mausoleum Sheikh Sidi Mokhtar Ben Sidi Muhammad Ben Sheikh Alkabir, 4) the mausoleum Alpha Moya, 5) the mausoleum Sheikh Sidi Ahmed Ben Amar Arragadi, 6) the mausoleum Sheikh Muhammad El Mikki, 7) the mausoleum Sheikh Abdoul Kassim Attouaty, 8) the mausoleum Ahmed Fulane, 9) the mausoleum Bahaber Babadie, and 10) the door of the Sidi Yahia mosque.