FILE PHOTO: Malian Islamist militant Al-Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud sits within the courtroom of the ICC (Worldwide Felony Court docket) throughout his trial on the Hague within the Netherlands, July eight, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier/Pool
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Judges on the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) on Monday stated they might put a person suspected of committing battle crimes and crimes towards humanity in Mali to trial.
The judges confirmed the costs towards Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz and stated there have been substantial grounds to consider that he was liable for crimes together with rape, torture, sexual slavery and the directing of assaults towards non secular and historic buildings.
He allegedly dedicated these crimes whereas he acted because the de-facto chief of Islamic police in Timbuktu throughout a 2012-2013 insurgent takeover of town.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in July stated that after the Ansar Dine Islamist insurgent group took management of Timbuktu in 2012, civilians “have been subjected to a local weather of fixed worry and repression”.
However legal professionals for Al Hassan stated he was harmless of wrongdoing and his case needs to be dismissed.
A date for the trial has not been set.
Reporting by Bart Meijer; Modifying by Alex Richardson