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Spanish Court Hears Testimony Accusing China of Crimes Against Tibetans

A Spanish court has heard testimony from an exiled Tibetan Thubten Wangchen now living in Spain in a case accusing the Chinese government of genocide, torture, and crimes against humanity.

Spanish law allows courts to try international complaints of genocide and crimes against humanity. The court in Madrid will consider whether former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, former prime minister Li Peng, and five other top Chinese officials were responsible for such crimes against Tibetans.

Reports said the exiled Tibetan's testimony would include the story of his mother's disappearance from their village during his childhood.

Rights groups say more than a million Tibetans have been killed or gone missing since China took control of Tibet in 1950.