Al-Mahdi trial to open at ICC on 22 August


Mr. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi’s trial for war crimes will start on 22 August 2016 at the ICC before Trial Chamber VIII. On 24 March 2016, Pre-Trial Chamber I confirmed Mr. Al-Mahdi’s charges for having allegedly destroyed historical and religious monuments in Timbuktu, Mali, between 30 June 2012 and 11 July 2012. An arrest warrant had been issued against Mr. Al-Mahdi on 18 September 2015, he was surrendered 10 days later. Currently in ICC custody, he announced his intention to plead guilty. Due to this position, the trial should last for about a week. It will start by verifying that the accused understands the consequences of his position. A strict schedule has been set for the Prosecution, the legal representatives of victims, and Defence who will be provided with an opportunity to introduce written statements in relation to the sentence. Both the judgment and the possible sentence will be issued together after the hearings.



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