U.S. Money Laundering Lawyer Jailed in Belarus May Not Survive, Says Brother

By Brian Orsak

A high-profile money laundering lawyer imprisoned in Belarus has been denied necessary medication and his health is deteriorating, according to the U.S. State Department. Belarusian authorities arrested Emanuel Zeltser, a Russia-born lawyer who practices in New York, on March 12, claiming he had entered the country with forged documents relating to a lawsuit over the disputed inheritance of Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili. The government later charged Zeltser with entering the country with narcotics, an allegation Zeltser's family has denied, saying that the drugs in question are prescription medications Zeltser takes for diabetes, severe arthritis and gout. "Prison officials aren't giving...