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symbolic ceremony for the victims of Timbuktu

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                A symbolic ceremony of reparation to the victims was organized this Tuesday, March 30 in Bamako by the Malian transitional authorities and by the International Criminal Court.  The event follows the conviction in 2016 by the ICC of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, an executive of the jihadist group Ansar Dine, which led the destruction of the mausoleums in Timbuktu in 2012. The mausoleums have since been rebuilt, and this ceremony was the occasion to launch the process of reparation to the victims.

                                    <p><em>With our special correspondent in Bamako, </em><strong>David Baché</strong>

Video of the trial ofAhmad Al Faqi al Mahdi, minute of silence for the victims of terrorism in Mali and the Sahel… This ceremony is first and foremost a moment of meditation. It is also an opportunity for the Malian President of the Transition, Bah N’Daw, to salute the work of the International Criminal Court after the destruction of the mausoleums of Timbuktu.

« We appreciate the determination of the Court, which makes the fight against impunity its hobbyhorse. We accept with honor the symbolic euro in compensation for the material and moral damage suffered by the Malian people. »

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The Malian president of the Transition Bah N’Daw signs the certificate of the delivery of a symbolic euro of reparation, on March 30, 2021. © RFI / David Baché
    </div>A symbolic euro for the Malian people, and another for all of humanity.  Because the destruction of the mausoleums of Timbuktu constitutes a war crime against world heritage.  Fatou Bensouda, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, spoke: “ <em>This heritage is part of our common identity.  This ceremony is both symbolic and historical.  It attests to the crucial importance of reparation for victims in the judicial process before the International Criminal Court.</em> »

2.7 million euros have just been released by the Compensation Fund of the ICC, for the direct victims of the destruction of the mausoleums – that is to say the descendants of the Saints – and for all the inhabitants of Timbuktu. Economic support and infrastructure projects should be implemented over the next three years.

► To read also: Mali: nine years after their sacking by the jihadists, the mausoleums of Timbuktu are reborn

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