Islamist rebel jailed for nine years for wrecking holy shrines

Islamist rebel jailed for nine years for wrecking holy shrines
 

Human rights groups and international legal experts hope Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi's case in the International Criminal Court may serve as a deterrent to a kind of devastation that continues to be a feature of global conflicts yet has gone largely unpunished. 
Al-Mahdi expressed remorse for his involvement in the destruction of 10 mausoleums and religious sites in Timbuktu dating from Mali's 14th-century golden age as a trading hub and centre of Sufi Islam, a branch of the religion seen as idolatrous by some hardline Muslim groups.
The sites, nine of them on the Unesco World Heritage list,... read more

 
27 September 2016 in World News, Views: 27
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