Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 06:44
By Anissa Barrak
Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi was convicted of the war crime of having deliberately directed the attacks that, in June and July 2012, led to the destruction of ten religious and historical monuments in Timbuktu (Mali), a World Heritage site since 1988. This is the first time that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been requested – in this case, by the State of Mali – to pass judgement on the destruction of cultural monuments, and the first time that it has categorized such acts as war crimes. On 27 September 2016, the ICC sentenced Al...
Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 12:55
In this week’s review, news about the Stanisic and Simatovic retrial, the Al-Mahdi Reparations decision, Jovo Ostojic’s death and the ICTY, conviction for sheltering Mladic, investigations into Daesh in Iraq, and more
Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 00:00
In this week's review, news about a MICT review for Ngirabatware, Defence and Prosecution closing arguments at the ECCC, reparations submissions in Al-Mahdi case, MICT response to detained Turkish Judge, ICC jurisdiction of war crimes of rape and sexual slavery of child soldiers, Bensouda on Gaddafi and Al-Tuhami and more
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 12:07
A healthy debate on the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is both necessary and important. However, we felt that the recent blog post, ‘The Al Mahdi Case: Stretching the Principles of the ICC to the Breaking Point?’ was off balance and needs to be addressed.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 16:02
Malian Islamist Ahmed al Faqi al Mahdi was today found guilty by judges at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and handed down a sentence of nine years for attacking historic and religious buildings in Timbuktu. He had pled guilty and his trial last month only lasted three days.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 14:08
The trial of Ahmad al Faqi al Mahdi has exposed tensions over the kinds of perpetrators that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected to target. Al Mahdi, a member of Ansar Dine, plead guilty to the war crime of destroying religious sites in Timbuktu, Mali, becoming the first member to face allegations of cultural crimes before the ICC.
Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:00
The Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi case appears to have become known for all the wrong reasons: it is the first guilty plea before the ICC and it presumably will become the shortest trial in the history of the Court. Yet, at a time when criticism of the ICC is rife, the more fundamental question is whether this case is consistent with the principles that are so crucial to the viable future of the ICC.
Monday, August 22, 2016 - 17:53
It’s not every day that the ICC sees such a collection of ‘firsts’ in one day: to have someone plead guilty; to have a plea agreement between defence and prosecution; to have the war crime of cultural destruction prosecuted; to have a jihadist on trial; to have a defendant express his “deep regret and pain” about what happened; to have a total trial process of just one week. Altogether, it’s not what observers of The Hague’s long-drawn-out processes are used to.
Monday, March 7, 2016 - 11:49
Bintou Founé Samaké is the president of a Malian NGO - Women and Law in Development in Africa - which is based in Bamako, the capital of the West African nation.
Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 13:10
The potential trial of Ahmed Al Faqi Al Mahdi marks a series of firsts for global justice. Al Mahdi, who faced confirmation of charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, is the first individual from Mali to face the prospect of prosecution at the ICC.