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Jail sentences for Chinese pop star, Tibetan singer

February 3, 2010

Saibal Dasgupta, TNN
Times of India
January 31, 2010

BEIJING -- Rock star Zang Tianshuo, a household
name in China, has been send to six years in jail
for involvement in a violent fight that resulted
in one death and injuries to three people in
2003. His sentence was upheld by the Beijing Higher People's Court on Friday.

Zang was voted the most popular mainland
singer/songwriter at the 9th Chinese Music Awards
in 2003. He has written and sung some of the most
popular film songs including one from the Chinese movie, "Friends."

The Higher Court rejected the appeal by the
singer who challenged the verdict of the Beijing
Municipal No. 2 Intermediate People's Court in
November. The Higher court heard that the fight
was connected to a business dispute Zang, 45, had
with his partner Sun Baohe over ownership of a
disco bar in Langfang city near Beijing.

Two gangs belonging to Zang and Sun clashed at
the Langang railway station resulting in the
death of one person and injuries to three others.

The verdict comes soon after another court in
Sogpo Mongol of Malho Tibet Autonomous Prefecture
sentenced a Tibetan singer, Tashi Dondrup, to one
year and seven months in jail for producing a
music album with "subversive songs."

The album "Torture without Trace" was banned in
November last year. Tibetan activists said the
album has 13 songs expressing nostalgia for the
Dalai Lama and discussing the government crackdown in Lhasa in March 2008.

Tashi has been in detention since his arrest at a
restaurant on December 3 last year. The arrest
warrant was issued by authorities in the central
Henan province, where Tashi is a member of the
Henan Mongolian Autonomous Region Arts Troupe.

Tashi caused a stir in 2008 with the release of
an album, "The year of 1959" when the Dalai Lama
left for India. He was arrested in September that
year for producing music with
'counter-revolutionary content', according to the
activist organization, International Campaign for Tibet.
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