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Tenzin Delek Rinpoche
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche was a popular senior monk from Litang in Kardze County. He was known for his activism for the wellbeing of Tibetans and the environment and his work with schools and orphanages and recognised by Tibetan Buddhists as a reincarnate lama. He was the most high-profile Tibetan political prisoner before his death, aged 65, on 12 July 2015.
He was serving a 20-year sentence after for his alleged involvement in a bomb explosion in Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan Province, in 2002. No evidence of his involvement was ever produced. An alleged accomplice, Lobsang Dhondup, was executed in January 2003 despite there being no evidence of his involvement either.