ICC Secures First Conviction for Destruction of Cultural Heritage

ICC Secures First Conviction for Destruction of Cultural Heritage

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In September of 2016, the International Criminal Court secured its first conviction for destruction of cultural heritage, sentencing Ansar Dine’s Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi to nine years behind bars. Al-Mahdi pled guilty to destroying over a dozen mausoleums and shrines in Timbuktu, many of which were UNESCO World Heritage Sites. His conviction establishes an interesting precedent for the ICC, in essence inviting similar cases in the future.