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Three Tibetans sentenced to two years in jail

August 16, 2009

Three protesters are handed prison terms, as
Chinese authorities maintain strict controls inside Tibet.
Radio Free Asia
August 14, 2009

A Tibetan man watches as Chinese paramilitary
troops march past in northwest China's Qinghai province, March 10, 2009.

Dharamshala -- A Chinese court has sentenced
three Tibetans to prison for their roles in a
disturbance in June in which over 30 were
initially detained, according to Tibetan sources.

The sentence, two-year prison terms for each of
the three men, was handed down on Aug. 4 in the
Chamdo prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), sources said.

"The reason for the sentences was not made
public," Geshe Monlam Tharchin, a Tibetan living
in Dharamsala, India, said, citing contacts in Tibet.

"Even their relatives had little information about their charges," he said.

The three men--identified as Gyaltsentsang Jampa,
46, Buluk, 56, and Mutsatsang Tseten, 40 -- had
been moved to a Chamdo detention center from
Jomda county, also in Chamdo prefecture, prior to
their sentencing, another source said.

"At one time, it was rumored that the three would
be released in Jomda, but their attitude toward
Chinese officials caused them to be transferred
to Chamdo," Dorje, a Jomda native now living in India, said.

"My contacts in Jomda are reluctant to give details," Dorje added.

The three men sentenced had been part of larger
group detained in Jomda following a disturbance
at nearby Kyabje monastery at the end of June.

Calls seeking comment from authorities in Chamdo and Jomda rang unanswered.

Chinese authorities have imposed tight curbs
throughout Tibet following widespread anti-China
protests in the region in 2008, and detailed
accounts of events in Tibetan areas are often difficult to obtain.

Original reporting by Tenzin Wangyal and Dorjee
Damdul for RFA’s Tibetan service. Tibetan service
director: Jigme Ngapo. Translations by Karma
Dorjee. Written in English by Richard Finney. Edited by Sarah Jackson-Han.
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