Sonam Tsering/CTA File
Dharamsala, November 20 - A Chinese court in Tibet's capital Lhasa had sentenced a Tibetan man to death with a two-year reprieve, the Tibetan government in exile said on its website. The Lhasa Intermediate People's Court announced the verdict on Sonam Tsering, a native of Derge Palyul County in Tibet's Kham province, in May this year.
Sonam was facing charges of allegedly leading a protest in Lhasa on 14 March 2008. The Public Security Bureau of Lhasa city announced cash reward for information about Sonam.
Sonam went into hiding after the protests until October 2009 when he was nabbed by the police.
The court had also sentenced seven Tibetans to varying prison terms for allegedly helping Sonam Tsering evade arrest.
The 7 Tibetans are Tsewang Gyurmey (sentenced to 5 years), Tashi Choedon (7 years), Dolyang (4 years), Yang alias Kelyang (7 years), Yeshi Tsomo (5 years), Tayang (5 years), and Pasang Tsering (1 year).
The Tibetan government in exile claims the Chinese government’s crackdown in the aftermath of 2008 protests across Tibet has left 227 Tibetans dead, over 6810 arrested and 510 sentenced.
"The deaths were caused due to indiscriminate firing by the PRC forces during the demonstrations; severe beatings and torture of detainees during arrest, interrogation and detention; and a built-up of insurmountable repression and suppression that drove some Tibetans to commit suicide," noted a comprehensive report on the 2008 uprising in Tibet recently published by the UN, EU and Human Rights Desk of the Tibetan government’s Department of Information & International Relations.The above news was posted at 5.30 PM, Nov. 20, 2010. However, we realized it has been already covered in May by phayul.com. It appears the website of the Tibetan government in exile had not posted it then. For our report on the same person, click here.
added at 9.35PM Nov. 20, 2010.