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Monk jailed over death of teen disciple

(Xinhua)

10:09, August 30, 2011

A local court in Sichuan Province on Monday sentenced a Tibetan lama to 11 years in prison for intentional homicide over another monk's self-immolation death.

Drongdru, a monk in the Kirti Monastery in the Aba Tibetan-Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, was given the sentence because he hid the injured monk and prevented emergency treatment, causing the 16-year-old's death, according to the verdict from the Maerkang County People's Court.

Phuntsog, a disciple and nephew of Drongdru, set himself on fire on March 16 and was hidden for 11 hours. He died the next morning after treatments failed at a local hospital.

Drongdru, 46, said he felt very regretful over the hiding and prevention of emergency treatment and asked for leniency. He said that he would not appeal against the verdict.

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