Man in China sentenced for inciting self-immolation
A court in northwest China`s Qinghai Province sentenced a man to 13 years in jail for goading a monk to self-immolate and inciting split of the state.
Qinghai: A court in northwest China`s Qinghai Province on Friday sentenced a man to 13 years in jail for goading a monk to self-immolate and inciting split of the state.
The Intermediate People`s Court of the Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture convicted the defendant Phagpa, 27, of intentional homicide and inciting split of the state, after an open trial on Friday morning.
He was found to have incited Drolma Je, a monk at the Dowa Monastery of Tongren County, Huangnan prefecture, to self-immolate for "freedom and independence of the Tibetan ethnic group”.
The self-immolation did not occur only because a sister in law of Drolma Je discovered his attempt and dissuaded him from doing so, the court found.
The defendant was found to have propagated "Tibet independence" ideas for several times among the public and goaded people to stage an illegal demonstration, with himself taking the lead to chant "Tibet independence" slogans.