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Tibetan community leader gets 10 years for alleged involvement in self immolation protest

October 15, 2013

October 12, 2013 - A Chinese court in Tibet's Qinghai has sentenced a Tibetan community leader to 10 years in jail reportedly for his involvement in a self-immolation protest, reported the Radio Free Asia.

Washul Dotruk, 51, a resident of Dungda township in Pema county in Golog (Guoluo) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, “was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a court in Huzhou, near [the provincial capital] Xining,” the RFA quoted a local source as saying.

He was said to be a popular negotiator in resolving disputes in his community who are worried and concerned over the loss to the community, the source told RFA on condition of anonymity.

Though the actual date of sentencing and the charges against him are still not known, locals believe that his arrest is links with a self immolation by monk named Lobsang Gendun on Dec. 3, 2012.

Another source believes that he was arrested two days after the self immolation protest and that he has been sentenced recently.

Dotruk had been detained for several months in 2008 “allegedly for leading Tibetan protests against the Chinese rule, according to another source.

Dotruk’s father Trabum is 84, and mother Shigemu, is also in her 80s. He has 7 siblings, the source said.
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