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Filmmakers: Tibetan Monk Tortured, Released


A Tibetan monk who was arrested for helping to make a pro-Tibet film has been released after allegedly being tortured in a Chinese prison.

The makers of the film, called "Leaving Fear Behind," issued a statement Sunday saying Jigme Gyatso was recently set free, after a prison stint that began with his arrest in western China in March. The statement said the monk was beaten, hung upside down for hours, and tied to a chair for days during interrogations.

The statement said another Tibetan who was arrested in China after helping with the film, Dhondup Wangchen, has not been released. The filmmakers said in an earlier statement that he was last seen in detention in the city of Xining, in Qinghai province.

The film by a group called "Filming for Tibet" features interviews with Tibetans about China, the Olympic Games held this year in Beijing, and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

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