Mali to ask ICC to investigate potential war crimes Rebecca DiLeonardo at 1:44 PM ET
[JURIST] The government of Mali plans to ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] to investigate attacks in its northern region, including the destruction of ancient religious shrines, according to its Justice Ministry. Justice Minister Malick Coulibaly said in an interview that the government would ask the ICC to investigate the attacks [Reuters report], which allegedly resulted in the torture and killing of individuals in the rebel-controlled north. ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] told reporters last week that attacks by Islamist rebels on religious monuments in Mali will not be tolerated [JURIST report]. 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 on such buildings.
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