Friday, August 26, 2011

China Trying 3 Monks in Self-Immolation Case

China plans to try three Tibetan Buddhist monks for the death of a 16-year-old from their monastery who set himself on fire.
Tibetan rights groups say 16-year-old Rigzin Phuntsog set himself on fire in March to protest Chinese policies. China's state run news agency Xinhua said Friday the court in Aba in Sichuan province is charging two of his fellow monks for plotting and assisting in the self-immolation.

A third monk is being charged with moving or hiding the injured Phuntsog, preventing him from getting medical care, which lead to his death.

Xinhua says the trial for Tsering Tenzin, Tenchum and Drongdru will take place early next week.
All the monks were members of Kirti Monastery.

In April, China said it had started conducting “legal education” on monks at the monastery because the monks there had disobeyed Tibetan Buddhism rules and disrupted local order....

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