Destruction of Historic Monuments Deemed a War Crime
By admin on Sep 29, 2016 | In Visual Arts
The International Criminal Court in The Hague sentenced a man to nine years in prison for destroying historic monuments in the city of Timbuktu.
The man, who said he got swept up in Al Qaeda's "evil wave" and other extremist groups, pleaded guilty to war crimes for ordering the destruction of nine mausoleums and a 15th century mosque in the ancient African city. It's the first time the Court has heard a case based on the demolition of cultural heritage.
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