Dharamshala — A Tibetan political prisoner who is serving a 15-year sentence on false charges of 'espionage' is said to be seriously ill due to torture in prison and hospitalised again for emergency treatment.
Yeshe Choedon, a 57-year-old retired Tibetan doctor named Yeshe Choedon was given 15-year imprisonment by the Intermediate People's Court in Lhasa on charges of allegedly leaking out secrets to the outside world during the peaceful protests in March 2008.
The Chinese court had announced in the verdict passed on November 7, 2009 that Choedon's political rights would be also withheld for five years.
According to earilier reports, Choedon is being held at a labour camp near Lhasa, more than likely to be Dragpchi Prison near the capital Lhasa, the largest of its kind in Tibet. But the sources said her health deteriorated in Chushul Prison in the outskirts of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa before being moved to the police hospital in the capital for emergency treatment, in 2012.
A latest reliable source has confirmed that for "the second time Choedon was hospitalised for emergency treatment due to the serious health condition."
"The date of when she was admitted to the hospital and other details are not yet known but recently learned that her health condition is serious," TPI source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
According to earlier reports, she was undergoing labour in a prison near Lhasa. She had worked at a clinic near Norbulingka before taking retirement few years back, following which she took her residence at Ramoche.
She was arrested without valid charges during the peaceful protests by Tibetans in Lhasa in March 2008. Choedon has been denied any right to meet her family members since her arrest.
Constructed from forced labour, the prison was open in 1965 and has an estimated population of over a 1000 captives, of which the majority are political prisoners. Details of the brutal treatment and squalor conditions are well known and documented throughout human rights groups.