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Four Tibetan monks sentenced up to ten years in prison

August 24, 2009

August 21, 2009

Dharamsala, August 21 -- Four monks of Sera
monastery who, along with ten others, carried out
a protest at Bharkor street in the Tibetan
capital Lhasa last year on March 10 had been
sentenced to varying prison terms, according to
the Voice of Tibet radio service. Chinese police
immediately arrested the fourteen monks who
carried the banned Tibetan national flag and
shouted slogans calling for Tibet's independence.

Lodoe had been sentenced to ten years in prison
and is currently detained at Chushul prison near
Lhasa. Lodoe’s family in Sershul, Zachukha, had
received an official intimation of the sentencing
of Lodoe in April this year and were warned
against publicizing the sentencing of Lodoe.

On July 14 this year, Lodoe’s family paid a visit
to his prison where they knew that two other
companions of Lodoe, 29 year old Lobsang Ngodup
and 30 year old Mangay Soepa, had been sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.

A native of Zachukha and presently a monk at Sera
monastery in south India, told the radio that
there is no news about another monk named Thinlay
Namgyal, who was arrested on charges of setting
ablaze a house in Lhasa last year during the protests.

The same source said another monk named Sonam
Dakpa who had visited India a few times was
arrested on his way back to Tibet last year
around the time of unrest in Tibet and sentenced
to ten years in prison. He is detained at Chushul prison.

Since the majority of the fourteen monks arrested
were from Zachukha the Chinese authorities
suspected Ari Rinpoche’s (spelled as pronounced)
hand behind the fourteen monks and arrested him
from Lhasa. Ari Rinpoche is the head of Wonpo
(spelled as pronounced) monastery in Zachukha and
his whereabouts are unknown. Another monk named
Draklha, a scripture master at Sera monastery had
also been arrested and whereabouts not known.
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