Beijing: China said on Tuesday that two Tibetans
had been executed for their role in deadly ethnic unrest that
rocked the Himalayan region last year, the first known use of
capital punishment over the violence.
The confirmation by foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu
came after several overseas activist groups had reported that
up to four Tibetans were shot dead by Chinese firing squads
over the violence that erupted in March 2008.
"The two criminals who were executed were found guilty in
accordance with the law in both a first trial and an appeals
trial," Ma told reporters.
"China`s judiciary handled the cases in strict accordance
with the law," he said, noting that the verdicts had been
reviewed by the Supreme Court.
Ma said he was unaware of the executions of two other
Tibetans reported by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and
Judicial authorities in the Tibetan regional capital
Lhasa, contacted repeatedly by a news agency, refused to comment on the cases.
Fierce anti-China protests erupted in Lhasa and spread
across Tibet and adjacent areas with Tibetan populations in
March last year, embarrassing the government in Beijing as it
prepared to host the Summer Olympics.