A Tibetan monk has been sentenced to death today by a Chinese court in Sichuan province for having instigated eight people to self immolation.
Besides him, the court also sentenced
another Tibetan - the monk's nephew - to 10 years in prison.
The two are
accused of murder.
As reported by the state news agency Xinhua, 130 people attended the reading of the verdict.
For now, the court has suspended the death penalty imposed on Lorang
Konchok , 40, for two years which could be commuted to life
However, the Chinese authorities have revoked the monk's
political rights for life. His nephew, Lorang Tsering, 30, will serve
"only" 10 years in prison, because he acted on Konchok's orders. His
political rights were suspended for three years.
According to the judges, members of the Tibetan government in exile
in Dharamsala and foreign media cooperated with Lorang Konchok to spread
the news of self-immolations, which the Chinese regime has always
sought to silence.
The man is a Geshe Lama of Kirti monastery, to which
many monks who have self-immolated belonged.
Since 2009 alone, at
least 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire to protest against
Chinese rule and call for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet.