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China finds 2 Tibetans guilty of ‘inciting people to self-immolate`

Last Updated: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:00

London: A Tibetan monk has been given a suspended death sentence and his nephew 10 years in jail for inciting eight people to self-immolate.

According to China’s Xinhua news agency, Lorang Konchok, 40, and Lorang Tsering, 31, were found guilty of "intentional homicide" by the court in Sichuan province, Xinhua news agency said.

Loran Konchok was based at Kirti monastery in Aba prefecture, an area in Sichuan province that has been a focal point for self-immolations.

According to the BBC, the court in Aba prefecture ruled that he and his nephew had ‘incited and coerced eight people to self-immolate, resulting in three deaths’.

Tibetan activists had said the men were forced to confess to the charges.

Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009, many fatally, in apparent protest at Chinese rule.

Most of the self-immolations have taken place in ethnic Tibetan areas outside Tibet.


First Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:00

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