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China confirms execution of two Tibetans

October 28, 2009

Phayul
October 27, 2009

Dharamsala, Oct 27 -- China on Tuesday confirmed
it executed two Tibetans for their alleged
involvement in last year’s anti-China unrest in
Lhasa, according to media reports.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Ma Zhaoxu,
said two men had been put to death, but declined
to give any details about the executions.

The confirmation comes a week after exile Tibetan
groups said Chinese authorities executed at least
four Tibetans in Lhasa on Oct 20.

Tibetan Government-in-Exile and Dharamsala-based
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights (TCHRD), last
week said they had confirmed information that
Lobsang Gyaltsen, 27, from Lhasa, Loyak, 25, of
Tashi Khang, Shol Township, Lhasa, Penkyi, a
21-year old girl from Sakya County and an
unidentified Tibetan were executed in Lhasa on Oct 20.

"The procedural rights of the defendants were
fully ensured," Reuters quoted Ma as saying
during a regular news conference in Beijing. "The
two criminals who were executed had strictly
conducted first and second trials and the Supreme
People's Court examined and ratified the sentences."

Some overseas Tibetan groups have identified the
dead as Lobsang Gyaltsen and Loyak.

Lobsang Gyaltsen was sentenced to death this year
for an arson attack that killed a shop owner in
Lhasa, according to a report in April by Xinhua
news agency. Loyak was handed the same penalty
for starting a blaze at a motorcycle shop that
killed five people, the agency said.

The US-funded Radio Free Asia said Lobsang
Gyaltsen was allowed a visit by his mother before
he was executed. "I have nothing to say, except
please take good care of my child and send him to
school," he was quoted as telling her.
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