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Tibetan Teacher Freed After 19 Years in Prison

April 04, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Chinese government has freed one of its longest-serving political prisoners, a Tibetan teacher.

Tanak Jigme Sangpo, 76, was set free Sunday from Drapchi Prison in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, after nearly 19 years, said John Kamm, president of the San Francisco-based Dui Hua Foundation. Chinese officials said Jigme Sangpo was released on medical parole, Kamm said.

Jigme Sangpo was arrested in September 1983 and convicted of "counterrevolutionary incitement and propaganda" for campaigning against Chinese rule in Tibet, according to Kamm. His sentence was extended twice.

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