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Tibetan filmmaker and 2 monks denied legal representation

July 20, 2009

Phayul [Saturday, July 18, 2009 22:57]

Dharamsala, July 18 ? The Chinese government has denied the right of
legal representation to three Tibetans currently under imprisonment,
according to a blog maintained by Beijing based noted Tibetan writer and
poet Tsering Woser.

Dhondup Wangchen who was arrested for his film ?Leaving Fear Behind?,
documenting the Tibetan people?s opposition to the Chinese government
policies and loyalty to the Dalai Lama, was denied the right to be
represented by the Beijing based lawyer hired by his family.

International campaign for Tibet says Dhondup is in poor health,
suffering from Hepatitis B. According to his wife, who lives in exile,
he is not receiving any medical treatment.

Meanwhile, Tsuiltrim Gyatso and Thabkhay Gyatso, both monks of Labrang
Tashi Khyil Monastery, have also been denied the right to be represented
by lawyer chosen by their families. Tsuiltrim was earlier sentenced to
life imprisonment and Thabkhay to 15 years in jail in May by Gannan
Prefecture Intermediate People?s Court in Gansu province. The two are
currently held at Gansu Province State Security Department detention

Dhondup Wangchen?s family had hired Li Dunyong, a Beijing based Chinese
lawyer, who earlier visited the Tibetan filmmaker at the detention
center in Xining but was stopped by the local Chinese authorities and
law authorities in Beijing. Li was told he could not take up Dhondup?s
case. The authorities told him that a local lawyer under the same
jurisdiction as the court where the court is pending must handle
Dhondup?s case.

The families of Tsuiltrim and Thabkhay had hired a Beijing based Chinese
lawyer named Li Fangping who earlier on June 18 had met with the monks?
families and submitted documents related to the case and his
certification to the court which had heard the monks? cases earlier.

Li had attempted to meet with the monks the same day but was not allowed
by the Chinese authorities who told Li that he would require permission
of the court.

On July 6, Li traveled to Lanzhou and met with judge Zhang who tried the
monks at their second appearance in Gansu higher people?s court. Judge
Zhang told Li that the monks had already chosen their lawyers and that
there was no need for another lawyer from Beijing to represent them. The
brothers of the two monks then filed a petition to Gansu people?s court
expressing their displeasure over the situation and appealed that Li be
allowed to represent the monks.
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