Jailed U.S. Lawyer Taken to Hospital

MINSK — A U.S. lawyer serving a three-year jail sentence in Belarus after being found guilty of industrial espionage has been taken to the hospital, his lawyer said Monday.

Emmanuel Zeltser, who was convicted in August, suffers from a back ailment. His lawyer, Dmitry Goryachko, said he was taken to the hospital immediately after he was moved from detention in the capital, Minsk, to a prison in the eastern town of Mogilyov.

Zeltser was convicted four months after arriving in Belarus to represent Josef Kay, a relative of late Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili. He was also found guilty of carrying forged documents.

"His blood pressure rose sharply, and the prison administration was obliged to send him to the hospital," Goryachko said.

He said he had no further details but intended to visit Zeltser, 54, later in the day.

The U.S. State Department has repeatedly called for Zeltser's release on health grounds.