Tibetan political prisoner rearrested after serving 21 years released in poor health

By Lobsang Tenchoe

DHARAMSALA, July 28: Tibetan political prisoner, who was arrested again after having served a lengthy jail term, was secretly released in poor health condition.

Lodoe Gyatso from Kham Sogshoed who was released three years ago after serving 21 years in Chinese prison was rearrested on May 14, 2016 on unknown charges.

According to reliable sources from Tibet, Tibet express has learned that Lodoe Gyatso also known as Sogkhar Lodoe was released on July 19, 2016 in poor health after his second sentence having endured callous torture in Chinese prison camps.

13871925_1217602708284137_42578873_nGyatso, 55 years old was formerly arrested in 1991 on alleged murder charges and sentenced to 15 years in Drapchi prison.

While serving his sentence, he led a protest in the prison against China’s occupation of Tibet, called for Tibet’s independence and shouted slogans calling for His Holiness’ long life and unity of the Tibetan people on March 4, 1995.

Following his protest, the prison officials wrote to the court and pressed for his death sentence but after repeated appeals by the Amnesty International and United Nations for Clemency, Chinese authorities waved off the death sentence and Gyatso was sentenced to six additional years.

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