China monks face trial on charge of aiding suicide

August 26th, 2011 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 26 (IANS) Three monks in China will stand trial on charges of plotting and assisting another monk’s self-immolation, a court said Friday.

The three will stand trial Monday and Tuesday at the Maerkang County People’s Court in Aba Tibetan-Qiang autonomous prefecture, Xinhua reported.

Tsering Tenzin and Tenchum of the Kirti Monastery have been charged with plotting, instigating and assisting in the self-immolation of fellow monk, 16-year-old Rigzin Phuntsog.

Another monk, Drongdru, has been charged with moving and hiding the injured Phuntsog and preventing emergency treatment, causing his death.

Phuntsog set himself on fire March 16 and was hidden for 11 hours. He died the next morning after treatment failed at a local hospital.

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