Office of the Spokesman
November 17, 2008
Taken Question at Monday, November 17 Daily Press Briefing
Belarus: Update on Emanuel Zeltser
Question: Provide an update on the status of Emanuel Zeltser.Released on November 17, 2008
Answer: An Embassy official has received permission to visit Mr. Zeltser and the prison medical specialist. The visit is scheduled for Wednesday November 19. We plan to discuss with the prison medical specialist the American doctor’s report of Mr. Zeltser’s condition. Mr. Zeltser was last visited by a consular officer on October 20.
This is the first time an Embassy official has been permitted to talk with the Belarusian medical specialist attending to Mr. Zeltser.
Based on his poor state of health, we continue to call upon the Belarusian authorities to release Mr. Zeltser on humanitarian grounds. The U.S. Embassy in Minsk and the Department of State will continue to provide full consular services to Emanuel Zeltser as long as he remains imprisoned in Belarus.