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Ex-teacher jailed for destroying cultural heritage sites in Timbuktu

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi Source: AAP

The International Criminal Court has sentenced a former militant in the West African country of Mali to nine years in prison for the destruction of cultural-heritage sites.The ruling is the first of its kind, and supporters hope it sends a warning that destroying such sites will not go unpunished.Santilla Chingaipe has more.

After a brief trial in August, the tribunal found Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi guilty of directing attacks on Timbuktu during the militant takeover of northern Mali in 2012.

Between June and July of that year, 10 of the most important and well-known sites at the UNESCO world heritage site were attacked and destroyed.

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