Malian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint at the entrance to Timbuktu, Mali, after unknown assailants attacked and withdrew from inside a U.N. police base in the city, February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Moulaye Chirfi
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Prosecutors Tuesday will unveil charges against an alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist accused of destroying monuments at the fabled city of Timbuktu in an unprecedented case before the world's only permanent war crimes court.Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi will be the first extremist to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the first person in its dock facing war crimes charges for allegedly ordering an attack on a historic monument.Prosecutors will be seeking to convince three judges they have enough evidence to try Faqi, who is about 40, in what will also be the first case brought by the ICC over the extremist violence that rocked the western African nation of Mali from 2012 to 2013 ."However, it is a bit of challenge for those of us who work with victims in Mali because the destruction of cultural property is not the only thing that this man has been accused of".She highlighted "credible allegations" made against Faqi and 14 others in Malian courts accusing them of war crimes including sexual atrocities.
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