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Dalai Lama denies his successor could be a Chinese spy

February 2, 2011

The Dalai Lama has denied one of his possible successors is a Chinese
spy or is involved in money laundering after Indian police found more
than a million pounds, including Chinese Yuan, in one of his cars.

By Dean Nelson, New Delhi 4:12PM GMT 31 Jan 2011

The Tibetan spiritual leader called for a thorough investigation, but
issued a statement of support saying the allegations against his younger
colleague were false.

Ugyen Trinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Lama, has been a figure of
suspicion within India's exiled Tibetan community since he fled Tibet
for Dharamsala at the age of 14, just over 11 years ago.

His selection as head of the Karma Kagyu sect, one of the four main
schools of Tibetan Buddhism, divided the faith's senior monks. Some
backed Trinley Thaye Dorje, a rival nominee, as the true reincarnation
of the Karmapa Lama.

Suspicions have grown since China recognised Mr Dorje's selection as the
Karmapa Lama.

Former Indian intelligence official B Raman said last night the Karmapa
Lama is suspected of being a Chinese agent sent to India to divide the
exile Tibetan community when the Dalai Lama dies.

"He was selected according to Tibetan tradition but the Chinese approved
his selection. They hope he will be able to use him to influence the
selection of the next Dalai Lama. I'm suspicious. I've always suspected
it's a Chinese intelligence operation. They think long-term," he said.

P L Thakur, a senior police official in the state of Himachal Pradesh,
said the investigation began after officers discovered more than £13,000
in cash when one of the Karmapa Lama's cars was stopped at a checkpoint.

"On investigation it was found that the money pertained to Karmapa for a
land deal. Further investigation led to the recovery of money from
monasteries, which included foreign currency."

"The recovery of a huge amount of Chinese currency from the monastery
has to be investigated. The investigations are on," Mr Thakur said.

The Karmapa Lama's supporters say the cash is from donations from
followers, including some from China.

A spokesman for the Dalai Lama however denied his spiritual colleague
has done anything wrong.

"His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has said thorough investigations must be
carried out into the recovery of money from the monastery. His Holiness,
the Karmapa, is a revered leader and receives donations from across the
world but since he lives in India thorough investigations must be done.
There is no question of money laundering or Chinese connection in the
recovery of money from the monastery," said Thup Ten.
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