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Search Results Detail for 'Jigme Zangpo'
Personal Details
CECC Record Number: 2004-00300   Ethnic Group: Tibetan
Detention Status: REL   Sex: M
Issue Category: eth/spch/assoc   Age at Detention: 57
Main Name: Jigme Zangpo   Religion: Tibetan Buddhist
Chinese Characters (Main Name): Occupation: teacher (unspec.)
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Additional Name(s): Tagna Jigme Zangpo   Residence Province: Tibet [Xizang] Auto. Region
Pinyin Name: Jinmei Sangbu   Residence Prefecture: Lasa [Lhasa] Shi (pref.)
  Residence County: Lasa [Lhasa] Shi Muni. Urb. Area (cty.)
Imprisonment or Detention Details
Date of Detention: 1983/09/03
Current Prison: TAR Prison (Drapchi)
Sentence Length (Years): 28
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Province Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Tibet [Xizang] Auto. Region
Prefecture Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Lasa [Lhasa] Shi (pref.)
County Where Imprisoned (or Detained): Lasa [Lhasa] Shi Muni. Urb. Area (cty.)
Legal Process
Legal Process: chg/tri/sent/rel   Formal Arrest Date:
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Sentence Court:   Sentence Date: 1983/11/24
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Charge (Statute): CL79-art102/CL79-art61/CL79-art66   Sent. Ends Per PRC:
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Short Summary
Tagna Jigme Zangpo, born in 1928 in Chushur (Qushui) county, was a school teacher in Lhasa until 1965, when he was imprisoned for three years for criticizing China’s abuse of the 10th Panchen Lama. He was imprisoned again from 1970-80 for counterrevolution. On September 3, 1983, he was detained for pasting up a poster in the Jokhang criticizing China’s leaders. On November 24, he was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for “inciting counterrevolutionary propaganda” and sent to Drapchi (TAR Prison). On October 5, 1987, he shouted anti-Chinese slogans at mealtime. He was sentenced to a five-year extension on November 30, 1988. On December 6, 1991, he shouted pro-independence slogans in English, Tibetan, and Chinese as the Swiss ambassador visited the prison. Lhasa’s Intermediate Court sentenced him to an eight-year extension on April 4, 1992. Frail and ill, he was released on medical parole on March 31, 2002. On July 14, 2002, he was permitted to travel to the U.S. to seek medical care.