Malian Islamist militant Al-Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud sits in the courtroom of the ICC (International Criminal Court) during his trial at the Hague in the Netherlands, July 8, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/Pool
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Malian militant 'terrorized Timbuktu', ICC toldA Malian militant accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines also imposed a reign of terror on local residents, who were "scared out of their minds," the International Criminal Court heard Monday.Prosecutors accuse Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohammad Ag Mahmoud of war crimes and crimes against humanity after fundamentalists exploited a Tuareg uprising in 2012 to take over cities in Mali's volatile north.Monday's hearings at the world war crimes court is for judges to determine whether there is enough evidence to take Hassan to a full trial.Hassan is the second militant to face trial at the ICC for the destruction of the Timbuktu shrines, following a 2016 landmark ruling at the world's only permanent war crimes court.
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