Tibetan who Shouted 'Long Live the Dalai Lama' Convicted

November 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Star

Wire Service: AP


A Tibetan nomad held for three months for shouting "long live the Dalai Lama'' has been convicted on charges of trying to split China, according to Radio Free Asia.

A court in southwest Sichuan province convicted Runggye Adak of "subversion'' when he called for the return of the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, at a local horse racing festival in August, the U.S.-government sponsored news service said Friday, citing officials.

An official at the Ganzi Autonomous Prefecture People's Court, who refused to give his name, confirmed Adrak was sentenced on Monday on the charge of subversion.

His sentence will be announced in the next week, Radio Free Asia said.

The ruling comes as China has accused world leaders who have met the Dalai Lama in recent months of interfering in China's internal affairs.

China says the Dalai Lama has been trying to split the country since he fled Tibet after a failed uprising in 1959.