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Rights group: Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek dies in Chinese prison 13 years into bombing sentence

  • FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, exile Tibetans hold a banner to demand the release of a Tibetan Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, who has been in a Chinese prison since 2002, during a protest in Dharmsala, India. Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65. Relatives were informed of the death Sunday, July 12, 2015, New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Monday, July 13. Police in Sichuan province in southwestern China confirmed the death but declined to give further details. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia, File)

    FILE - In this April 7, 2014 file photo, exile Tibetans hold a banner to demand the release of a Tibetan Buddhist leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, who has been in a Chinese prison since 2002, during a protest in Dharmsala, India. Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65. Relatives were informed of the death Sunday, July 12, 2015, New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Monday, July 13. Police in Sichuan province in southwestern China confirmed the death but declined to give further details. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This photo taken June 1999 and released by Tsering Woeser on July 13, 2015, shows Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche in his home in Nyagqu County, also known as Yajiang County in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China's Sichuan province. Relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were informed Sunday, July 12, 2015 that he has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65. (Tsering Woeser via AP)

    This photo taken June 1999 and released by Tsering Woeser on July 13, 2015, shows Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche in his home in Nyagqu County, also known as Yajiang County in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China's Sichuan province. Relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were informed Sunday, July 12, 2015 that he has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65. (Tsering Woeser via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken June 1999 and released by Tsering Woeser on July 13, 2015, Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche poses for a photo in Nyagqu County, also known as Yajiang County, in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China's Sichuan province. Relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were informed Sunday, July 12, 2015 that he has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65. (Tsering Woeser via AP)

    In this photo taken June 1999 and released by Tsering Woeser on July 13, 2015, Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche poses for a photo in Nyagqu County, also known as Yajiang County, in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China's Sichuan province. Relatives of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche were informed Sunday, July 12, 2015 that he has died in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges that he was involved in a bombing in a public park. He was 65. (Tsering Woeser via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche has died in a Chinese prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what rights groups say were trumped-up charges that he was involved in a bombing in a park. He was 65.

New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said Monday that relatives were informed of his death Sunday. Police confirmed the death but declined to give further details.

Tenzin Delek was arrested in 2002 in relation to a blast in Chengdu city that injured three people. He was sentenced to death on charges of crimes of terror and incitement of separatism a few months later.

His family members last year unsuccessfully applied for medical parole for him.

The Dalai Lama recognized Tenzin Delek as a reincarnated lama in the 1980s.