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Tibetan Prisoner serving life sentence dies in Prison

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) has received information from a reliable source that, Rinzin Wangyal a.k.a Rinwang, 59, died in prison at the end of 2004. There has been no official confirmation of Rinzin Wangyal’s death. It has been reported that his body was not handed over his family. Rinzin was serving a life imprisonment term in Pawo Tramo Prison, 250 km east of Lhasa. According to the most recent information received by TCHRD on 31 May 2004, his health condition was known to have gravely deteriorated due to constant torture over the years in prison.

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Trulku’s death sentence commuted to life

The Chinese government has commuted the death sentence on Trulku Tenzin Delek to life imprisonment. “ The Higher People’s Court in Sichuan province, in Southwestern China, commuted the death penalty with two-year reprieve for a Tibetan monk involve in terrorist bombings to life term on Wednesday”,  Xinhua, the official news agency of the People’s Republic of China reported. The court verdict also said,  “A’an Zhaxi, also known as Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, was deprived of his political rights for life, which was handed down to him during the day.” The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) believes that the …

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Death sentence for Bangri Rinpoche commuted to life imprisonment

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy received reliable information on Bangri Rinpoche’s arrest of 27 August 1999. (Ref: TCHRD Update January 2000 & December 2003) (Background detail on Bangri Rinpoche attached below) It has come to light through reliable sources to TCHRD- that in May 2001, Bangri Rinpoche was sentenced to death with two years suspension on charges of “espionage” and “endangering state security” by the Lhasa Municipality Intermediate People’s Court. Nima Choedon, Bangri Rinpoche’s wife was sentenced to ten years imprisonment for the same charges. On 29 May 2001, both were shifted to Drapchi Prison in the …

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