SITU Research designed an interactive digital platform that facilitates the organization, analysis, and presentation of evidence within a case tried by the International Criminal Court. The platform was designed specifically for the Al Mahdi case, and integrates spatial and visual technologies to exhibit the destruction of sites of cultural heritage in Timbuktu, Mali. Combining geospatial information, historic satellite imagery, photographs, open source videos and other forms of site documentation, the tool has been used as part of trial proceedings against the defendant, Mr Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, an alleged member of the armed group Ansar Dine, who is charged with participating in the intentional destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque’s door in 2012. This is the first time such a tool is used at the International Criminal Court and presents a visual and spatial evidentiary model in, inter alia, cases where sites of heritage have been damaged or destroyed.
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