Dalai Clique's Spies Caught, Plot Crushed

China's state security departments recently arrested Tugyi, one of the two spies sent to Tibet by the exiled Dalai Lama's clique, and now the exiled separatist group's conspiracy to create a self-immolation incident in the Tibet Autonomous Region has been completely crushed, according to official sources.

On July 25, 2000, Tugyi and, Cengdan Gyaco, both spies of the Dalai Clique, crossed the Sino-Nepalese border. On orders of the " security ministry" of the Dalai Clique, Cengdan Gyaco was to set himself on fire on the square of the Johkang Monastery in Lhasa, the regional capital, while Tugyi would videotape the whole self- immolation process before sending the film to the UN Human Rights Conference.

After the two spies sneaked into Xigaze Prefecture, Cengdan Gyaco was soon captured by local security department. But Tugyi fled and went into hiding. However, he was caught also by the local security department on May 5, this year.

Cengdan Gyaco, also known as Rinzin, was previously a Tibetan lama. He was born in 1969 in Hebei Township, of Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. He confessed he was instigated by the Dalai Clique to flee to India in 1999 and participated in a hunger strike organized by the Dalai Clique.

But a member of the Dalai Clique and the organizer of the hunger strike repeatedly told Cengdan Gyaco and other participants that a hunger strike would not be enough to accomplish the cause of separating Tibet from China, and they should set themselves ablaze in front of the Chinese embassy in India.

When Cengdan Gyaco consented, the organization worked out a four-point "announcement", including asking for the "release" of " the tenth reincarnated Panchen designated by Dalai" and let Cengdan Gyaco read it before his self-immolation, which would be videotaped. Gyaco was also told that the exiled "government" would hand over the tape to the UN conference after he burned himself.

While Cengdan Gyaco was preparing his self-immolation, the officials with the so-called "security ministry" of the Dalai Clique came to him and convinced him that the impact of a self- immolation act overseas would be limited, but that if he set himself on fire within the territory of the Tibet Autonomous Region, it would have a more powerful effect and help the United Nations to recognize the "Tibet Issue."

The secretary-general of the "security ministry" also met with Cengdan Gyaco, sent special people to train him into a spy, and directed him to set himself ablaze on the square of the Johkang Monastery in Lhasa.

Cengdan Gyaco then went to the reception office of the Dalai Clique in Nepal, with the direction of the secretary-general of the "security ministry." The office head gave him 400,000 Nepalese rupees and let him read the four-point "announcement" again. This was videotaped.

On January 13, 2001, the Intermediate People's Court of Lhasa City, in the first instance of trial, charged Cengdan Gyaco with agitating separatism and espionage and sentenced him to a 8-year imprisonment and deprived him of political rights for three years.

Cengdan Gyaco confessed all the guilt and expressed regret for his action. Tugyi has also confessed his crimes and his case is under further investigation.

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