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Suspect Detained For Destroying Monuments in Mali

According to the reporters, on early Saturday, an Islamic extremist suspected of being involved in destroying the religious buildings in the historic city of Timbuktu in Mali in 2012 had been detained and had been handed over to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands early Saturday.

The first person who had been charged with the war crime of deliberately damaging religious or historical monuments in the court custody is the suspect, Ahmad al Mahdi al Faqi, known as Abu Tourab.

According to the court`s chief prosecutor, fatou Bensouda said in a statement, that the people of Mali should get justice for the attacks against their cities, their beliefs and their communities.

The destruction was called by Ms. Bensouda as, “A callous assault on the dignity and identity of entire populations, and their religious and historical roots.”

On an arrest warrant issued a week ago, Mr. Faqi had been handed over to the International Criminal Court by Niger based.

As said by the Court in a statement that Mr. Faqi had been a member of Ansar Dine, an Islamic extremist group with links to Al Qaeda that captured control of northern Mali 2012.

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