Patton Boggs Fights N.Y. Lawyer's 'Kafkaesque' Detention in KGB Prison
January 9, 2009
New York resident and lawyer Emanuel Zeltser woke up on a private plane headed for a KGB-monitored detention center in Belarus last March. His last memory before waking was drinking coffee at a London cafe. Since then, he's been held at three separate prison facilities in the former Soviet Union country. Zeltser, 55, has been deprived of his diabetes, heart and arthritis medications, physically tortured and mentally abused. Today, he is languishing in a KGB penal colony outside of the eastern Belarusian city of Mogilev.
"Last July, four months after his capture, Zeltser was formally convicted in Belarus in a closed-door trial on charges of economic espionage, using false official documents and possession of illegal drugs. He was sentenced to three years in prison. According to the complaint filed with the Human Rights Committee, the drug charge references Zeltser's doctor-prescribed medications. The U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassy in Belarus were denied access to the trial, and Zeltser and his attorneys have been denied access to the formal criminal complaint and conviction against him."
"Russian-born Zeltser is a U.S. citizen, and an outspoken expert on money laundering and organized crime. In the 1990s, he sued the Bank of New York during its Russian money-laundering scandal and testified before the House Banking Committee on the matter, but Brand says he does not believe the Russian government is involved in Zeltser's detention. He says the basis of the charges against Zeltser are unexplained, and that Zeltser had never previously set foot in Belarus."
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