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'Disappeared' Kirti Monk Sentenced to 3 Years for Unknown Charges

July 22, 2012

July 19, 2012: A Tibetan monk who went missing for eight months after his arrest has been sentenced to 3 years' imprisonment. 

According to information received by sources in the first week of July 2012,  Lodoe, a 36-yr-old monk from Kirti Monastery in Ngaba (Chinese: Aba) Prefecture, Sichuan Province, was sentenced to 3 years' in prison by an Intermediate People's Court in Barkham.

Lodoe's whereabouts remained unknown since his arbitrary arrest around 20 October 2011 at his monastery in Ngaba. Sources tell TCHRD that family members and relatives of Lodoe were neither informed nor invited to witness the trial that had supposedly taken place prior to the sentencing. Details about the trial date and charges are not immediately available making it difficult to conclude whether Lodoe was held illegally for months before his sentencing.

Lodoe belongs to the Woca Tsang household in Shongwa village, Adhue Township in upper part of Ngaba County. His father’s name is Dugho. Lodoe was around 20 years old when he became a monk at Kirti Monastery in Ngaba. 

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