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Monday, August 29, 2011

Tibetan jailed over fellow monk's self-immolation!


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bbc.co.uk / 29 August 2011 Last updated at 11:09 GMT.

Funeral of monk who set himself on fire, at Kirti monastery on 19 March 2011 (Image: Free Tibet)
Image from Free Tibet of funeral at Kirti monastery on 19 March for Phuntsog, who set himself on fire.

A Chinese court has jailed a Tibetan monk for 11 years, saying he hid a fellow monk who set himself on fire in an apparent anti-Beijing protest.

The court convicted him of "intentional homicide", saying he had denied the man emergency treatment.

The incident happened in March in Sichuan province's Aba county, where there is a large ethnic Tibetan community.

It sparked protests and a security clampdown in the area.

The circumstances surrounding the monk's death remain unclear.

Chinese authorities say the man - named as Rigzin Phuntsog of the Kirti monastery - set himself on fire on 16 March and died because he was hidden by fellow monks for several hours, preventing him getting treatment.

At the time, Tibetan rights groups reported that witnesses saw police put out the flames, then begin beating the monk, at which point monks and local people took him to the monastery before taking him to hospital some hours later.


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