Six Tibetans given five to 14 year terms

Drukdra in an undated file photo.

Drukdra in an undated file photo. Photographer unknown

By Tibet Sun Onlinenews

ON THE WEB, 7 December 2016

The Intermediate Peoples’ Court in Barkham, Ngaba prefecture, has sentenced six Tibetans, monastics and laypeople, to between five and 14 years imprisonment, according to a report from Tibet received on 6 December 2016 by Kanyag Tsering of Kirti Monastery in exile in McLeod Ganj,

Kanyag Tsering said that the “crimes” of the imprisoned Tibetans were mostly being involved in activities to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday.

Drukdra, a 50-year-old Kirti monk from Soruma in Ngaba county, was sentenced to 14 years. He is presumed to have been arrested because of suspicion that he arranged celebrations for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. He is a former political prisoner, after 2008.

Losang Khedrup, 44-year-old Kirti monk from the Chule Gabma area of Ngaba, sentenced to 13 years, was arrested on the strength of a voice message about setting up a group to keep a record of pujas done for the Dalai Lama’s long life at the time of his 80th birthday. He had been previously arrested in 2011 and sentenced to 3 years, and became very ill in prison.

Losang Gepel, 29-year-old Kirti monk from Village No.2 in the Me’uruma area of Ngaba county, was sentenced to 12 years. He had also been sent to prison in 2011.

Lodro, 41-year-old Kirti monk from Shongwa Villa in Ngaba, was sentenced to nine years. He had also been imprisoned in 2011.

Bonko Kyi, 48-year-old resident of Lhade Gabma, was sentenced to seven years, on suspicion of arranging popular celebrations for the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. Earlier she had been arrested in 2011 and 2012 and detained for several months.

Tsultrim of Dowa village in Trotsik area of Ngaba was sentenced to six years. He used to be a monk at Trotsik monastery.

Akyakya, age 35, from Village No.1 in Me’ururma, was sentenced to 5 years. He also had been imprisoned in 2011.

There are also reports of a Tarey sentenced to eight years, a Tsendra sentenced to eight years and a Tsultrim sentenced to six years, but no details of these cases are known.

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