US diplomats to visit jailed American lawyer


US diplomats intend to visit jailed American lawyer Emanuel Zeltser this week. The lawyer is serving a three-year sentence in a Mahilyow prison for alleged "attempted industrial espionage" and the use of fake documents.

  He went on hunger strike on Monday to protest foot-dragging over his possible release under this year’s amnesty law.


The administration of Mahilyow's correctional institution is to consider the release after it gets a reply to its inquiry whether any legal actions have been brought in connection with his case.
However, the Minsk City Court has failed to reply to the inquiry so far, prompting anger from Zeltser, BelaPAN reported.