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China convicts Tibetan burning 'inciters' of murder

Published on Jan 31, 2013 1:50 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court convicted two Tibetans of murder on Thursday for inciting others to self-immolate, handing one a suspended death sentence and the other 10 years in prison, state media reported.

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 Aba prefecture in Sichuan province.

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, a sentence which is often commuted to life in prison.

Five of the people recruited by the two defendants ultimately decided not to set themselves on fire, "after willfully abandoning their plans or after police intervened", Xinhua reported.

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