A Former Tibetan Political Prisoner Gets 12 Year Imprisonment Sentence

According to the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD). Lhasa Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Sonam Gyalpo, 44, to twelve years in jail on charges of “endangering state security”, He is currently imprisoned at Chushul Prison located in the west of Lhasa City.

In September last year, Chinese authorities in Tibet celebrated the 40th founding anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) with much pomp and glamour. In the run up to the event, Tibetans with political incident backgrounds were rounded up for detention, investigation and expulsion from Lhasa to ensure a smooth celebration. Chinese secret service officers ransacked houses of Tibetan suspects deemed to be carrying out political activities during the event. Reportedly the officers discovered “incriminating” evidence in Sonam’s home in the form of four videotapes containing teachings of the Dalai Lama, few political literatures and pictures of the Dalai Lama. After being led away by the secret service officers on 28 August 2005, whereabouts of Sonam remained unknown until the latest information about him being imprisoned in Chushul Prison.