Tibet : Tibetan villagers jailed
A court has ordered two Tibetans jailed after they joined protests against officials accused of corruption tied to public housing.The two men were among a group of 15-20 Tibetan villagers taken into custody on April 14 after they refused government orders to praise local officials suspected by local Tibetans of embezzling public funds in Ngaba.When the villagers voiced their disapproval, about 10 truckloads of armed police who had accompanied the officials attacked the crowd, injuring about 100.On June 2 Phulten, 40, of the Phulten Tsang household in Gyalde village was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and Gyurkho ,of the Tsamtsang household in Gyalde village, was sentenced to two years.
The nature of the charges made against the two men is not known, though they were accused of “refusing new houses built with government aid, and not taking the keys when presented to them,”.
A third Tibetan, Pema of the Sengge Tsang household in Pekhe village, Andu township, has not been tried and remains in detention in the county town.
Prisoners are not being held in Ngaba these days, but are taken to distant places to serve their sentence.