Monday 11 February 2013

China jails Tibetan for 4 yrs for secessionist opinion

(, Feb11, 2013) China said Feb 8 that it had jailed a Tibetan herdsman for four years for having incited secession. Gyadehor, 60, was also deprived of his political rights for two years, reported the official Xinhua news agency Feb 8, citing the Intermediate People's Court of Huangnan (Tibetan: Malho) Prefecture, Qinghai Province.
The report cited the court as saying Gyadehor had spread opinions related to "Tibet independence" when he brought cash and other goods to console families of self-immolators in Nov 2012.
The report suggested that the herdsman received a fair and open trial and that more than 100 people, including his relatives and friends, were present when the verdict was delivered. But a similar claim made with regard to the conviction of two other Tibetans, including with suspended death sentence for one of them, by the prefectural court of Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) in Sichuan Province on Jan 31 was rejected by exile Tibetans who said only Chinese officials were present in the court.

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