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A Malian extremist will seek forgiveness from his people for attacking the world heritage site of Timbuktu when he pleads guilty at an unprecedented case before an international war crimes court, his lawyer said Tuesday.Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi will become the first person to admit to war crimes charges before the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague at a joint hearing and sentencing due to be held in the coming months.Mahdi, who is aged around 40, had told his defense lawyer, Mohamed Aouini, he was "a Muslim who believes in justice".Judge Raul Pangalangan said the court had hoped to open the trial in mid-June, but both the defense and prosecutors asked for longer to prepare, and suggested Aug 25 .
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