Self-immolations: China convicts Tibetan monk, 7 others
40-year-old Monk Lorang Konchok was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and has been stripped of his political rights for life, in what was seen as a deterrent punishment in the region hit by unrest.
His nephew, Lorang Tsering, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and has been stripped of his political rights for three years, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted the court verdict as saying.
The two incited and coerced eight people to self- immolate, resulting in three deaths, the Intermediate People's Court of the Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba found.
Also a county court in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of northwest China's Gansu Province sentenced six ethnic Tibetans to three to 12 years in prison for their roles in a local villager's self-immolation in October, according to the report.
Asked whether the stiff sentences were aimed curbing self immolations, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei told media that "it is clear from the cases that Dalai Clique is plotting and inciting the self-immolations."
"Relevant personnel incited and abetted others to self-immolate in order to cooperate with the Dalai Clique's political schemes of splitting China," he said.
Such behaviour violates Chinese laws and the people who were sentenced pleaded guilty, Hong said adding that through the trial of cases, the international community can
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