Suspect Accused of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Mali in ICC Custody

On March 31, 2018, Mr. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud (“Mr. Al Hassan”) was surrendered to the International Criminal Court by the Malian authorities. Mr. Al Hassan was transferred to the ICC’s detention center in the Netherlands. Pursuant to an arrest warrant issued by Pre-Trial I on March 27, 2018, Mr Al Hassan is charged iwth war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in 2012 and 2013 in Timbuktu, Mali.  Specifically, Mr. Al Hassan is charged with crimes against humanity (torture, rape and sexual slavery; persecution of the inhabitants of Timbuktu on religious and gender grounds; and other inhumane acts) and for war crimes (rape and sexual slavery; violence to person and outrages upon personal dignity; attacks intentionally directed against buildings dedicated to religion and historic monuments; and the passing of sentences without previous judgement pronounced by a regularly constituted court).  The arrest warrant alleges that Mr. Al Hassan took part in the destruction of the mausoleums of Muslim saints in Timbuktu using Islamic police forces in the field, and to have participated in the policy of forced marriages which victimized the female inhabitants of Timbuktu and led to repeated rapes and the sexual enslavement of women and girls. More information can be found on the ICC’s website.


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