By Lobsang Tenchoe
DHARAMSALA May 09: A Tibetan monk-writer from Kirti monastery, Jo Losang Jamyang, was sentenced to seven and half years in prison by the Chinese County court in Ngaba County.
Jo Lobsang Jamyang who writes with the pen name Lomik was given the sentence earlier today at a hearing at the Lunggu (chinese: Wenchuan) county court in Ngaba prefecture, reported Lobsang yeshi and kanyak Tsering of Kirti monastery here in Dharamsala.
But the charges on which he was put on trial still remains unknown. Lomik, 28 was arrested by Chinese police on the streets of Ngaba town a year ago in April 2015. With no trial proceedings after his detention, his family members were kept in the dark with no information concerning his whereabouts for over a year.
Lomik, son of Jodor and mother Jamkar hails from Jotsang household in nomadic camp No 3 of Meruma Township. He was ordained as a monk at an early age at Kirti monastery. Student of the Prajnaparamita class, he took part-time courses in secular studies at Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Serta, Kham and the Northwest Minorities University in Lanzhou.
He is a regular participant in many speaking events and authored numerous poems and regular social commentaries, including on freedom of expression for writers in Tibet.
Lobsang has published a book titled ‘Na bun ser poi Chur tang’ (Eng: The swirling yellow mist), that contains a collection of his poems.