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Prominent Tibetan writer's case delayed: report

August 9, 2010

August 7, 2010

Dharamsala, August 7 -- Chinese authorities in
Xining seem to be deliberately delaying the trial
of a Tibetan writer jailed in April on charges of
“instigating to split the motherland”, a very
common allegation faced by Tibetans for
expression of anti government sentiments through writings or protests.

Radio Free Asia cited August 6 an interview with
Yeshi Tsomo, daughter of Tagyal, who writes under
pen name Shogdung (morning conch), in which she
said that the police told her that her father’s
case is “quite special because it has to do with different ethnicities."

"They must have given a nod to the state
prosecutor because the case is still with the
police," Tsomo was quoted by RFA as saying.

Chinese authorities on April 23 arrested Tagyal
who worked for the Nationalities Publishing House
in Xining, the provincial capital of Qinghai.

Officers from Xining Police Station arrived at
the Qinghai Nationalities Publishing House and
took Tagyal to his house which was thoroughly
searched on the day of his arrest. The same
evening, several police officers came to his
house again and took his two personal computers.

Sources say that Tagyal's detention is linked
with signing an open letter written by Tibetan
intellectuals expressing condolences for the
quake survivors and criticized the Chinese
government’s handling of the earthquake relief
efforts. Other signatories of this open letter
include well-known Tibetan writer and singer
Jamyang Kyi and other members of the group known
as the “New School of Thought.”

Shogdung has authored several books including the
recent publication gnam sa go 'byed (Opening of
Earth and Sky) about the nationwide protests
against the Chinese government in 2008, which was
reprinted in exile from Nepal in May.

Shogdung’s family has not been allowed to visit
him since his detention, according to the RFA
which quoted an employee at the Xining public
security department saying "I don't know about
this," when asked about Tagyal’s case.

Officials at the Xining People's Procuratorate,
or state prosecutor, were reluctant to address
the case directly, reported RFA. "It's not
convenient for me to talk about these things,"
one official said. "I have only just started here."

Another official said setting a date for Tagyal’s
trial depended on several factors. "It depends on
the seriousness of the case, on its position in
the queue," he said. "We have to take a lot of
different factors into consideration."

"If the case is sent back for further
investigation, then it's not even sure which office it will end up in."

Beijing-based lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who defended
jailed Tibetan environmentalist and businessman
Karma Samdrup, said it is hard to gauge what will happen to Tagyal's case next.

"If the court wants to go ahead with the trial,
it won't wait one minute, and if it doesn't, it
will ignore the case for years," Pu said.
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