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Two Tibetan Merchants Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Term

November 19, 2010

TCHRD Press Release
18 November 2010, Dharamshala

The Lhoka Intermediate People's Court sentenced two Tibetan merchants, Sonam Bhagdro and Tashi Topgyal, to 15 and 5 years prison term respectively.

The Lhoka Public Security Bureau (PSB) arrested the two in August 2009 on suspicions of political activities. Until their appearance in the court, their whereabouts have remained unknown since their arrest.

Sonam Bhagdro was born in 1965 in Jhorya Township, Tsona County. After completing his Middle School, he joined the Communist Party of the County. Through his business ventures, he has been helping in the education of students, medical expenses and expenses of the county monastery. He was an exemplary businessman in the county loved by the people. He was awarded the Exemplary Citizen of the County.

30-year-old Tashi Topgyal was also born in Jhorya Township, Tsona County. He lives with his wife and child doing business for livelihood.
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