The judgment sends the message that the court values the culture that binds a community together less than the toll on human lives.
Despite the significance of the case, rights groups have called for the charges against him to be broadened to include rape and sexual slavery
In the fabled desert city of Timbuktu, named as the "City of 333 saints" militants destroyed 15 mausoleums dating back to 15th and 16th centuries.
In 2012, insurgents wrecked 16 shrines that date back to Timbuktu's 15th-16th century golden age as an economic, intellectual and spiritual centre
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Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents wrecked 16 of the fabled desert city's shrines to Muslim saints that date back to its 15th and 16th century golden age.
Movie shows the residents of the ancient city struggling to maintain their daily lives in the face of the brutal rule of jihadists.
It became the first Mauritanian film to be nominated in the best foreign film category at the Oscars.