1 Feb 2013

Pair convicted for roles in immolations

11:00 am on 1 February 2013

State media in China say a Tibetan monk has received a suspended death sentence and his nephew 10 years in prison for inciting eight people to set themselves on fire.

Xinhua news agency said the pair were found guilty of "intentional homicide" by a court in Sichuan province.

The Tibetan government-in-exile said they were forced to confess to the charges.

Nearly 100 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009, many fatally, in apparent protest at Chinese rule.

Many were Buddhist monks or nuns seeking for greater religious freedom and the return of their exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

Most of the immolations took place in ethnic Tibetan areas outside Tibet. Foreign media are banned from the region.