New York AML Attorney Sentenced to Three Years in Belarusian Prison

By Matt Squire

A Belarusian court sentenced a New York-based money laundering attorney to a three-year prison sentence on Monday despite U.S. protests about how the trial was conducted. Belarusian authorities detained Emanuel Zeltser, a Russian-born lawyer who specializes in fighting financial crime, on March 12 on charges of industrial espionage and carrying forged documents. Belarus had added charges of carrying narcotics against Zeltser, but dropped the charges following protests that the drugs in questions were his diabetes medicine. Zeltser's attorneys plan to appeal the sentence to the Belarus Supreme Court, said Zeltser's brother, Mark Zeltser, in an interview. The United States embassy...