Tibetan Monk Jailed For Two Years Over Dalai Lama Photo

From Radio Free Asia

A court in northwestern China’s Qinghai province has handed a two-year jail term to a Tibetan monk accused of passing a photo of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to friends via social media, sources in the region and in exile said.

Gomar Choephel, 47, was sentenced on Feb. 17 by the People’s Intermediate Court in the Malho (in Chinese, Huangnan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

“He had already been detained for several months, and has now been sentenced for circulating a photo of the Dalai Lama through social media, and also for having the photo in his personal possession,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“He was convicted of undermining social stability and of taking actions aimed at splitting the country,” the source said.

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