The International Criminal Court is trying a person suspected of war crimes in Mali


MALI (Reuters) – Judges at the International Criminal Court said on Monday they would try a man suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Mali.

The judges confirmed the accusations against Hassan Aj Abdul Aziz and said there were good reasons to believe he was responsible for crimes including rape, torture, sexual slavery and attacks on religious and archaeological buildings.

He is alleged to have committed these crimes while serving as the de facto commander of the Islamic police in Timbuktu during the militant takeover of the city in 2012 and 2013.

Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court's prosecutor, said in July after the Islamist group Ansar Eddine seized Timbuktu in 2012 that civilians were "constantly exposed to a climate of fear and repression".

But Hassan's lawyers said he was innocent and his case should be dismissed.

No trial date has been set.

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