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Malian forces arrest ex-Islamic tribunal judge Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni from Timbuktu

Malian authorities say forces have arrested a former judge from the Islamic tribunal that meted out punishments while Timbuktu was under jihadist rule.

The government announced in a statement that Malian forces on Friday had arrested Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni.

Ag Alfousseyni served as a judge during the rule of Ansar Dine, an Islamic extremist group with links to al-Qaida that ruled across northern Mali in 2012.

A French-led military operation launched one year ago flushed the jihadists from power though many sought refuge in the surrounding desert.

The government said Ag Alfousseyni was arrested midday in the Timbuktu region.

During the extremist rule of Ansar Dine, a public execution was carried out and women were whipped for going out in public unveiled.