December 13, Germany: Tandin Wangdi, a Druck National Congress supporter, who had been serving prison in Germany since six months has been granted a refugee asylum.
The decision came following his release from prison this week. The Federal Republic of Germany has granted this status as per the Geneva convention of 1951, which had earlier not only rejected his appeal for asylum but also had completed the necessary formalities to extradite him to Bhutan.
Fearing extradition, he had crept to Switzerland from where he was deported back to Germany despite a court’s order to stay there.
Due to mounting pressure from rights bodies and continuous lobbying by his fellow citizens resettled in different parts of the world, Tandin was saved from extradition to Bhutan, but was imprisoned immediately.
He had reached Germany to join his father, Tshering Wangdi in 2003 who was already given refugee status there.