Two more Tibetan monks get jail terms in China

Two more Tibetan monks get jail terms in China Beijing: A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced two monks to jail terms in southwest Sichuan province for plotting and instigating the self immolation of a fellow monk in protest against curbs on them, taking the number of Tibetan lamas convicted in the case to three.

Tsering Tenzin and Tenchum of the Kirti Monastery in Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture were sentenced to 13 years and 10 years in prison respectively by the Maerkang county People's Court in Aba.

The two plotted, instigated and assisted in the self-immolation of 16-year-old Rigzin Phuntsog and caused his death, the court said.

In a trial yesterday, the court sentenced Drongdru, also a monk at the Kirti Monastery to 11 years in prison for intentional homicide in Phuntsog's death, which drew international attention.

46-year-old Drongdru was given the sentence because he hid the injured monk and prevented emergency treatment, causing delayed treatment and the subsequent death for his disciple and nephew, according to the verdict reported by the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Phuntsog, a disciple and nephew of Drongdru, 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.

A large number of monks at the Kirti monastery were accused of taking part in the 2008 Lhasa riots in which several people killed, many injured. China blamed the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama for instigating the violence.