Two Tibetan monks missing since last year after being detained by police in Sichuan have been sentenced to prison terms of from four to five years for engaging in “separatist activities,” Tibetan sources say. Gendun Drakpa, 40, and Lobsang Sherab, 36, were convicted of passing politically sensitive information to contacts outside Dzoege (in Chinese, Ruo’ergai) county in the Ngaba (Aba) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a Tibetan living in India told RFA’s Tibetan Service.
“They were put on trial sometime around June 17,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity and citing sources in the Dzoege region. “They were not allowed to seek the assistance of a lawyer and were not given a chance to speak in their own defense,” the source said. “They were also not allowed to meet with their parents or other relatives.”