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US lawyer imprisoned in Belarus freed after pardon

US lawyer imprisoned in Belarus freed after pardon

An ailing American lawyer who was imprisoned in Belarus last year on charges of using fake documents and attempted industrial espionage has walked free after a presidential pardon.
Emanuel Zeltser, a 55-year-old diabetic, was sentenced to three years in prison in August 2008 after being convicted on charges his supporters called poitically motivated.
In November, Zeltser was placed in a prison hospital after arriving at a penal colony in eastern Belarus, where he was denied medicine, according to lawyers.
On leaving the prison clinic in the eastern town of Mogilyov on Tuesday night, Zeltser said: "I am glad about my freedom."
Earlier in the day, President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree pardoning Zeltser.


Updated : 2021-03-07 07:42 GMT+08:00