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Tibetan writer Tagyal released on bail PDF Print E-mail
[15 October 2010] One of Tibet's leading intellectuals, the writer Tagyal (whose pen name is Shogdung), has been released on bail pending trial. Tagyal's lawyer Li Fangping confirmed Tagyal was released on 14 October and said that Tagyal is now home and in good mental and physical state. The news was reported on the blog of Woeser, a Tibetan poet and writer who lives in Beijing, and translated by the High Peaks, Pure Earth website.

TagyalAccording to the translation of Woeser's blog, although the reason for Tagyal's release is unknown, "in July the Public Security Bureau had hinted to the family-appointed lawyer that the case was soon to be turned over to the procuratorate. However, in light of the subsequent release on bail, some major policy changing decision must have taken place since then."

Tagyal was detained on 23 April 2010 in Xining following the publication of his book "The Division of Heaven and Earth: On the Peaceful Revolution of the Earth Rat Year" which criticises China's policies in Tibet. The book gives a detailed analysis of the spring 2008 protests, describing Tibet as "a place of terror" and examines the strengthening of Tibetan identity and solidarity. The book has since been banned.

Previously, Tagyal had been considered by many Tibetans as a supporter of the Communist Party due to his views, however, since the book was published he has been deemed a hero.

In August, Tagyal's lawyer said the trial had been delayed as the police were reinvestigating the case. He also said that the court had rejected Tagyal's legal team and Tagyal's wife, who has not been allowed to see her husband since his arrest, had expressed concern for his health and over his treatment in detention.

Tagyal's arrest was one of the most high-profile in China's current crackdown on Tibetan intellectuals and prominent community figures. (See also the cases of environmentalist Karma Samdrup, businessman Dorje Tashi, film-maker Dhondup Wangchen and community leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche.)

Further information:

High Peaks, Pure Earth: full translation from Woeser's blog (15 October)
International Camapign for Tibet: Tibetan writer Tagyal released from prison on bail (15 October)



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