Tibetan burning 'inciters' guilty of murder: China
AFPBEIJING -- A Chinese court convicted two Tibetans of murder on Thursday for inciting others to burn themselves to death, giving one a suspended death penalty and the other 10 years in prison, state media reported.
February 1, 2013, 1:01 am TWN
The judgments were believed to be the first of their kind since judicial authorities were told to charge with intentional murder those accused of encouraging or helping others to carry out the gruesome act.
Lorang Konchok, 40, and his nephew, Lorang Tsering, 31, “incited and coerced eight people to self-immolate, resulting in three deaths,” the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the court in Sichuan province's Aba prefecture, which is majority Tibetan.
Lorang Konchok, who was also accused of working with a media liaison at what prosecutors called an overseas Tibet independence group, was condemned to death with a two-year reprieve, which is often commuted to life in prison.