Kirti monk sentenced to over seven years for unknown reason

Jo Lobsang Jamyang aka Lomik in an undated file photo.

Jo Lobsang Jamyang aka Lomik in an undated file photo. Handout/Kirti Monastery

Tibet Sun Newsroom

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 9 May 2016

Chinese authorities have sentenced a Kirti monastery monk in Amdo region of north-eastern Tibet to seven and a half years in prison, according to exile Tibetans who have contacts in the area.

Losang Yeshe and Kanyag Tsering, of Kirti monastery in exile in McLeod Ganj, have learned that the hearing took place at the Wenchuan county court in Ngawa prefecture, where the monk was sentenced.

The two exile monks said that monk and writer Jo Losang Jamyang, whose pen name is Lomik, has been sentenced for unknown reasons.

Lomik, 28, was arrested by police on the streets of Ngawa county town on 17 April 2015, and detained for over a year without being brought to trial or having his family members informed. The charges on which he was tried by the court are not known.

Son of father Jodor and mother Jamkar of Meā€™uruma township, Lomik joined Kirti monastery at a young age. A writer and a commentator on social affairs, he has participated in many speaking events, including on freedom of expression for writers in Tibet.

A collection of his poems has been published as “The swirling yellow mist”.

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