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Prime Minister written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Harry Cohen Harry Cohen Labour, Leyton and Wanstead

To ask the Prime Minister if he will urge Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to undertake to commute the death sentence against Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche pending a fair and free retrial in the presence of international observers; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

I expect to discuss a wide range of issues with Premier Wen Jiabao.

We and our EU partners have raised concerns about the transparency and conduct of Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche's trial with the Chinese authorities on several occasions and have asked them to confirm that Tenzin Deleg Rinpoche's death sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment.

We will continue to monitor this case and make representations to the Chinese authorities where appropriate.

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