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Ngawang Phelgyal sworn in as new Chief Justice Commissioner

October 18, 2009

October 16, 2009

Dharamsala, Oct 16 -- Mr Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen
was on Friday sworn in as the new chief justice
commissioner of the Tibetan Supreme Justice
Commission, the highest judicial organ of the Tibetan community in exile.

Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama
administered the oath of office to Gyechen here this morning.

Also during swearing-in ceremony, Mr Ngawang
Thupten took the oath of office as one the two justice commissioners.

They were initially nominated by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and were unanimously approved by the
Tibetan Parliament-in-exile during its eighth session held last month.

The swearing-in ceremony, held at the office of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, was attended by the
speaker and deputy of the Tibetan Parliament, and
members of the Tibetan Cabinet (Kashag).

Following the oath-taking ceremony, a separate
official appointment ceremony of the new chief
justice commissioner was held at the Kashag Secretariat.

Mr Gyechen had served as a justice commissioner
since September 15, 2005, until his appointment
to the new post today. Mr Thupten was formerly
the local justice commissioner at Dehradun.

The Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission, was first
established on 11 March 1992 in Gangchen
Kyishong, Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile in northern India.
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