Beijing - A Tibetan monk who was one of China's most prominent political prisoners has died in jail, a relative and the Tibetan government-in-exile said on Monday, raising the prospect of an increase in resentment of the government in Tibetan regions.
The United States, the European Union and international rights groups had called for the release of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, who was serving a 20-year sentence on charges of “crimes of terror and incitement of separatism”.
He died on Sunday in Chuandong prison in the southwestern city of Chengdu, his cousin, Geshe Nyima, told Reuters by telephone from India. The Tibetan government-in-exile, the Central Tibetan Administration, also confirmed his death.
“Despite all our efforts at the international level to get his release and lately for his medical treatment, China has disregarded all international pleas on his behalf,” said Tashi Phuntsok, spokesman for the India-based administration.