The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi al Mahdi

In September 2015, Al Mahdi surrendered and was brought to trial at the International Criminal Court. He pleaded guilty and on 27 September 2016, was convicted of the war crimes of intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to religion and historic monuments. He was sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment.

On 29 September 2016, Trial Chamber VIII called for observations in relation to reparations to be awarded to victims in the case and in particular on: the importance of international cultural heritage generally and the harm to the international community caused by its destruction; the scope of the damage caused, including monetary value, to the ten mausoleums and mosques at issue in the case and the scope of the economic and moral harm suffered, including monetary value, to persons or organisations as a result of the crimes committed. On 20 October 2016, REDRESS, jointly with the Queen’s University Belfast Human Rights Centre, applied to file observations.  

On 2 December 2016, REDRESS and QUB filed their observations. The submission focused on the importance of cultural property and the impact of the harm on individual victims and communities. It also considered information relevant to the determination of appropriate reparation measures for individual and collective victims in the case.


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