Tibetan environmentalist jailed...
But, can we blame Israel for this???
A Chinese court sentenced a Tibetan environmentalist who organized villagers to pick up litter and plant trees to five years in jail for inciting to split the nation on Saturday, his lawyer said.
Rinchen Samdrup, the third brother in his family to be jailed, ran an environmental NGO in mountainous Gonjo county, in the Tibet Autonomous Region near Sichuan Province.
The NGO mobilized about 1,700 local villagers to reforest the area and report poaching, and ran a small magazine. It worked with international conservation groups and was praised by Chinese media.
The Chamdo prefecture court found Samdrup guilty of incitement to split the country, lawyer Xia Jun told Reuters.
The Tibetan environmentalist had pleaded not guilty but was convicted and deprived of its political rights for three years.
He was accused of posting a pro-Dalai Lama article on his website, the lawyer said.
He has 10 days to appeal the sentence.
Exile Tibetan groups say he ran afoul of powerful local interests after accusing a local police officer of poaching.
In June his brother Karma Samdrup, a wealthy collector of antique black-and-white Tibetan amulet beads, was sentenced to 15 years in jail by a court in neighboring Xinjiang for excavating and robbing ancient tombs, a charge originally brought and dropped in 1998.
Karma Samdrup had tried to defend his brothers.
Late last year, the youngest brother, Jigme Namgyal, was sentenced to 21 months of re-education through labor for endangering state security for assisting Rinchen Samdrup in running his NGO.