Sunday 9 January 2011

China jails Tibetan for receiving Dalai Lama teaching

(, Jan07, 2011) A Tibetan man has been jailed recently in Driru (Chinese: Biru) County of Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet, for a two-year jail term apparently for having travelled to India and received religious teachings from the Dalai Lama in 2008, according to Oslo-based Voice of Tibet radio service and Jan 3.  The exact date or reason for the sentencing of Chime Tashi, 29, remains unknown. He was arrested from his home on Oct 3, 2010.

Earlier, while trying to cross into Nepal in 2005 for a pilgrimage to India, he and 50 other Tibetans travelling in a group got captured after reaching close to the Nepalese border town of Solukhumbo.  After being held and forced to do hard labour at Dhingri and Shigatse for four months, they were delivered into the custody of the police in their respective counties.

Chime was among 30 people who were returned to Driru, where the county police released them on a surety of 4,000 yuan each.

During his successful border crossing in 2008, Chime travelled to Bodhgaya and Varanasi where he received religious teachings from the Dalai Lama.

It was not clears when he returned home. He is currently said to be held at a detention centre in Toelung Dechen (Chinese: Duilongdeqing) county of Lhasa City, an indication that he has been sentenced not by a court but by an administrative body.

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