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Sixteen Tibetans Get Heavy Prison Terms for Drango Protests

June 24, 2012

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
2 May 2012, Dharamsala (India)

 [Updated] Sixteen Tibetans Get Heavy Prison Terms for Drango Protests
The Kardze Pefecture Intermediate Court in Sichuan Province has sentenced 16 Tibetans after their arrests in the aftermath of the 23 January 2012 protests in Drango (Chinese: Luhuo) County, Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province.
On 26 April 2012, the intermediate court sentenced 16 Tibetans, including both monks and laymen, for their involvement in the 23 January 2012 protest in Drango.
Sonam Lhundup (in his 30's) was sentenced to life imprisonment and 15 others to varying prison terms.
Kuntho (in his 20’s) was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Jebay and Wangchen Tsering (in their 30’s), from Gyephen Likhokma village, were handed prison terms of 12 years and 9 years, respectively. Kundup (in 30’s) was sentenced to 11 years prison term while 25-yr-old Choenam and 50-yr-old Azi Shopo were sentenced to 3 years each. Nyendak (in 30’s) was sentenced to 1 year and 8 months, Phurwa Tsering (in 30’s) to 2 years and Wangtse (in 20’s) to a year and 9 months prison term.
The details of the charges made against them are not known immediately.
In another incident, seven more Tibetans were sentenced for their participation in the Drango protest, according to sources.
Sonam Dhargyal, son of Sonam Dadhul and Kyalu of Gukteng village, was sentenced to 10 years prison term. Pema Woesel, son of Gyepa, from Gunang village was sentenced to 5 years term. The other five Tibetans were sentenced from 10 to 13 years terms. The identities of these five Tibetans are not known at this time of reporting.
The exact date on which the seven Tibetans were sentenced is not known.

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