Beijing: Three Tibetan monks will go on
trial in China next week for plotting, instigating and
assisting the self-immolation of fellow monk to protest curbs
The three from Kirti Monastery in China`s southwestern
Sichuan Province, close to Tibet, witnessed protests by monks
in March this year and one of them Rigzin Phuntsog committed
suicide, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported today.
They are being charged for intentional homicide charges
stemming from another monk`s self-immolation, the Maerkang
County People`s Court in Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous
Prefecture said in a statement.
The three will stand trial next Monday and Tuesday, it
The local procuratorate charged Tsering Tenzin and
Tenchum in the Kirti Monastery with plotting, instigating and
assisting in the self-immolation of fellow monk Rigzin.
The procuratorate also alleged that another Kirti monk,
Drongdru, moved and hid the injured Phuntsog and prevented
emergency treatment, causing the 16-year-old`s death due to
Phuntsog set himself on fire on March 16 and was hidden
for 11 hours. He died the next morning after treatments failed
at a local hospital. Another monk recently committed self
immolation few months later.