China Release Tibetan Youngster Jailed Since 2008
A young Tibetan man was released after serving more than nine and a half year in Chinese prison for protest in 2008.
Konchok Dhondup, 25, was received by a large number of Tibetan on his return to his hometown of lower Nurma Village in Machu County, in the traditional Tibetan province of Amdo. In picture of his release circulating over social media, People were seen queuing up to greet Kunchok with traditional scarves in their hand. It was evident that a banquet was thrown to celebrate his return in a tent.
Kunchok was initially sentenced to 12 years in prison on 15 June, 2008 by the Kanlho Intermediate people’s Court along with two Tibetans, Kelbar and Khechok Thrimthak, who were sentenced to 15 and 12 years respectively. Kunchok and the two other Tibetans were arbitrarily detained 11 April, 2008 by the officials for taking part in the demonstration against the Chinese regime in Machu County from 16- 18 March, 2008.
Further details about his health condition and reasons behind his early release are unknown at the time due to heightened restriction in correspondence with the upcoming 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party.
Kunchok Dhondup is an adopted son of Mr. Nata and Mrs. Kalsang Kyi.