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Despite protests from the U.S. State Department, Emanual Zeltser, a lawyer for exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky and the late Georgian businessman Badri Patarkatsishvili, has been transferred to a psychiatric hospital. He was arrested in March at Minsk airport for allegedly dealing in foreign documents.

An Iranian court has reportedly given women's rights activist Nasrin Afzali a suspended flogging and jail sentence for disturbing public order.

The reformist "Etemad" newspaper quotes Afzali's lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai, as saying his client was sentenced to 10 lashes and a six-month jail term. Afzali was arrested in March 2007 during a protest in Tehran.

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