Al Mahdi Case

The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi


Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi

Alleged member of Ansar Eddine, a movement associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, head of the "Hisbah" until September 2012, and associated with the work of the Islamic Court of Timbuktu. Arrest warrant: 28 September 2015.

Charges: Found guilty as a co-perpetrator of the war crime consisting in intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, in June and July 2012. Sentenced to nine years' imprisonment, the time spent by the suspect in detention being deducted from the sentence.

Found guilty and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment on 27 September 2016. On 25 November 2021, Mr Al Mahdi's imprisonment sentence was reduced by two years. The date for the sentence's completion is set to 18 September 2022. Reparations Order for victims pronounced by judges and is final.

Trial Chamber II

Judge Socorro Flores Liera (Presiding)
Judge Kimberly Prost
Judge Nicolas Guillou

Office of the Prosecutor

Karim A. A. Khan, Prosecutor 


​Mohamed Aouini

Legal Representatives of the Victims

​Mayombo Kassongo