Islamist bags nine years jail term for shrine attack

An Islamist has been sentenced to nine years imprisonment by the International Criminal Court for the destruction of ancient shrines in a Malian town Timbuktu

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted to leading rebel forces who destroyed historic mausoleums at the world heritage site in Mali in 2012.

Judges at the court in The Hague found he had shown ‘‘remorse and empathy” for the crime.

This is the first sentence based on cultural destruction as a war crime.