Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in China prison

BBC News
Date: 13 July 2015

A prominent Tibetan monk has died in a Chinese prison after 13 years in jail, his family and

A prominent Tibetan monk has died in a Chinese prison after 13 years in jail, his family and rights groups say.
A prominent Tibetan monk has died in a Chinese prison after 13 years in jail, his family and rights groups say.

rights groups say.

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, was serving a 20-year jail sentence on separatism and terror charges, after being convicted of involvement in a 2002 bomb attack in Chengdu.

Tenzin Delek had denied the charges, calling them politically motivated.

The US, EU and rights groups had criticised his sentence at the time and called for his release.

Police in the south-western Sichuan city of Chengdu, where Tenzin Delek was being held, informed his relatives of his death on Sunday, rights group Students for a Free Tibet said.

His cousin Geshe Nyima, who is based in India, told Reuters that the cause of his death was not clear.     [FULL  STORY]

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