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03november20101Dharamshala: A Tibetan monk is seriously ill after being released from Chinese prison last month, The Tibet Post has learnt. The monk is suffering from serious kidney and stomach ailments and is requiring constant health care.

The monk, who has been identified as Jamyang Tenzin, was arrested in October 2007 for resisting a political re-educational campaign in his monastery following protests that occurred during the horse-racing festival in Lithang, Kardze. At the 2007 festival, a Tibetan nomad, Ronggyal Adrak, grabbed a microphone from a Chinese official and made a speech in support of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

He was scheduled for an early release in August but was released only on October 8th, after refusing to to accept Chinese conditions for his release, said Lobsang Dawa Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk living in India and citing contacts in Tibet.

"The Tibetan public planned to host a grand reception for him, but the Chinese authorities forbade any kind of gathering and threatened to send Jamyang Tenzin back to prison if any reception were held," Lobsang Dawa said.

Lobsang Dawa added. "They took him to a hospital in [the provincial capital] Chengdu, but his health is not good," he said.

Due to his severe beatings and torture at the hand of the Chinese prison guards, Jamyang health has deteriorated rapidly, both physically and mentally. Before his prison sentence Jamyang was a very outspoken member of the Tibetan community, however, it is reported that since his release he avoids talking or meeting with anyone, spending a lot of time in his room.

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