ICC chief prosecutor calls for end to destruction of Mali religious shrines Rebecca DiLeonardo at 10:48 AM ET
[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder ] Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] on Sunday told reporters that attacks by Islamist rebels on religious monuments in Mali [JURIST news archive] will not be tolerated. Bensouda said that the rebels' destruction of tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu may amount to war crimes. The rebels said the saints' tombs are idolatrous. Bensouda said the destruction of the religious and historical landmarks is a violation of the Rome Statute [text] and called on the rebels to end attacks [AFP report] on such buildings. She also urged the international community to continue to provide support to Mali as violence escalates. She said that her office would investigate the actions of the rebels and consider charges.
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