Popular Tibetan Singer Jailed for Political Songs Released

      July 10, 2017:59 PM

A Tibetan singer who was jailed for singing politically sensitive songs was released after four years in Chinese prison.

Kalsang Yarphel, a popular Tibetan singer from Machu County was released after serving four years In Chinese custody this morning. Pictures of him being greeted by Tibetans with khatak, a traditional Tibetan ceremonial scarf confirmed of Yarphel’s release. However, information regarding the exact time of his release and further details about his health condition is unavailable at the time.

He was arrested from Lhasa on 14 July, 2013 by officials of Public Security Bureau from Sichuan and took him to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province. He was accused of singing songs with political over tone. Later, Intermediate People’s Court in Chengdu sentenced to four years in prison on 27 November 2014 in Chengdu after spending more than one and a half year in a detention centre in Chengdu.

Yarphel, 42, was born in Makhug Tara Village of Machu County in Kanlho (Ch: Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. A popular singer from his youth with a large fanbase inside Tibet, Yarphel has released several records. He is married to Tsezin Palmo and has three children, two sons and a daughter.

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