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Court Sentences 3 Youths to Jail Terms

May 11, 2009

Kalsang Rinchen
Phayul
May 10, 2009

Dharamsala, May 10 -- A court in Zoege County has
passed jail sentences on two Tibetan brothers and
another youth on Thursday (May 7, 2009) according
to the Voice of Tibet radio service.

Jampel, aged 29, and Lama, aged 23, of Chashang
Taringtsang family of Ngaba County have been
sentenced to four years in prison while Namkho,
aged 27, of Chashang Kyajigtsang family has been
sentenced to three years in jail.

However, exact information about the charges put
against the three Tibetan youths is unavailable,
according to Tsering, a monk of Kirti monastery
who told the radio yesterday that the three are currently held at Zoege County.

Tsering said that the Tibetans who are being
tried at various courts in the region are not
being provided legal representation by lawyers of
their choice, and that the sentencing is as
arbitrary as the charges leveled against them.

Ngaba County last year saw one of the bloodiest
crackdowns by Chinese security forces after
protests in the Tibetan capital Lhasa spread
across the restive Himalayan region.
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