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Court Sentences 4 Tibetans to 2 years in Jail

April 27, 2009

April 26, 2009

Dharamsala, April 26 -- China has sentenced 4
Tibetan monks of Lutsang monastery to two years’
imprisonment, according to Voice of Tibet radio service.

Citing a Tibetan monk named Khedup of Drepung
monastery, the VOT said the Chinese authorities
arrested 6 monks of Lutsang monastery around April 10, 2009.

However, Khedup said charges put against the four
are not clear. He said the exact dates of the
trial and court’s verdicts are not known.

Khedup said that the sentences were passed by
Mangra County court on Kalsang Gyatso; 21, Soepa
Gyatso; 24, Lungtok Gyatso; 22, and Soepa
Gyatso;19. The other two were released, according to Khedup.

The four were among the 109 monks of Lutsang
monastery who carried out a peaceful protest
march from Lamo Yongzin Phodrang (spelled as
pronounced) to the Mangra county government
headquarters on the first day of the Tibetan new
year (Losar). All 109 were arrested and given
severe patriotic reeducation, say Tibetan rights
groups. On March 20, 103 were released and 6
continued to be held in detention. The 6 were released earlier this month.

In another incident, two other monks of Lutsang
monastery, Thabkhay Gyatso and Kunchok Gyatso,
were arrested by the police few days ago. They
are said to be currently held at Mangra County.
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