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China Hands 9-year Prison Term to Driru Monastery Teacher

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China has handed a nine year prison term to Geshe Tsultrim Nyandak of Rapten Monastery, Driru of Tibet Autonomous Region's Nagchu Prefecture.

Geshe Nyandak, around 40 years of age, was arrested in December of 2012 in Tibet's capital city of Lhasa, followed by his disappearance for over a year and seven months.

The officials recently notified Geshe's family on July 31, 2014 that he has been sentenced to a nine year prison term, and is currently being held at Lhasa's Chushul prison.

According to Ngawang Tharpa of Dharamsala, who has close contacts in Tibet, the mistreatment of Geshe in the detention center has caused his health to deteriorate significantly. His family have witnessed severe bruising all over his body. The officials have allegedly refused his family to provide any medical intervention.