Friday, February 6, 2009
6 Tibetans Sentenced in Kardze
Reports have emerged of 6 Tibetans having been sentenced recently to various prison terms in connection with last year’s nationwide protests.
According to the Trehor Association based here, Loongloong Sonam from Thamey village of Kardze was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for his role in the protests at Kardze County on May 17, 2008.
Three nuns of Yarteng nunnery, Poewang; 27, Yangzom; 31, and Lhamo; 29, who had protested on June 18 last year in Kardze, have been sentenced around January 15 to two and a half years in prison.
The three are said to be held currently at a prison near Chengdu. In yet another incident of sentencing, Ngawang Phuntsok; 32, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for participating in the protest on June 18.
He was detained for six months at county jail in Kardze before the verdict, and currently believed to be held at a prison 70 Kilometres away from Chengdu.
A 28-year-old nun named Yankey of Drakkar nunnery has been sentenced to one year and nine months in jail. She, along with other nuns of the nunnery, has participated in a protest in Kardze on May 17 last year. The verdicts, sources say, were passed by the Kardze Intermediate People’s Court.