Tibetans were shocked when the Chinese authorities threatened to have people prosecuted for being associated with self immolations. The Chinese courts are keeping this promise. Phayul.com reported on Oct. 12, 2013, "Tibetan sentenced to 10 years for involvement in self immolation protest." Radio Free Asia has reported a Chinese court in Tibet's Qinghai province has sentenced a Tibetan community leader to 10 years in jail for his alleged involvement in a self-immolation protest.
Radio Free Asia quoted a local source as saying, 51-year-old Washul Dotruk, who is a resident of Dungda township in Pema county in Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, “was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a court in Huzhou, near the provincial capital Xining.” Dotruk was known to be a popular negotiator in resolving disputes in his community. People in his community are deeply concerned over this loss.
The actual charges against Dotruk are not known and it is not certain when he will be sentenced. However, local Tibetans believe that his arrest is associated with a self immolation by monk named Lobsang Gendun on Dec. 3, 2012. Back in 2008 Dotruk had been detained by the Chinese authorities for allegedly leading Tibetan protests against the Chinese government. This is a very sad situation for the Tibetans.