The instrumental role that Patton Boggs played in convincing Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to pardon an American citizen from a Belarus prison was featured in the National Law Journal-Legal Times on July 2, 2009.
The story of what happened to Emanuel Zeltser, a New York lawyer, is something akin to a James Bond movie, the newspaper noted. Mr. Zeltser was abducted, drugged and taken from London to Belarus last March. He was convicted in a closed-door trial of attempted economic espionage and using false documents—crime he did not commit.
A team of Patton Boggs lawyers that included Thomas Hale Boggs Jr.; Joseph Brand; Darryl Nirenberg; Scott Thompson and Kristen Johnson, worked with the State Department and members of Congress to secure Mr. Zeltser’s freedom.
Zelter's release is “a shining moment for international diplomacy and simply doing the right thing,” Mr. Boggs said. “The government of Belarus has restored the freedom of a man who was wrongly convicted.”