3 Tibetan monks to be tried in China for homicide



3 Tibetan monks to be tried in China for homicide 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 against them.

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 said.

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 belated treatment.

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.

PTI