Post Tagged with: "Lori Berenson"

Lori Berenson arrives in New York for the Holidays

December 20, 2011 6:05 pmComments Off
Lori Berenson arrives in New York for the Holidays

Lori Berenson arrived in New York today with her two-year-old son Salvador, following clearance yesterday by Peru’s Immigration Office, Digemin, to leave the country temporarily for the holidays.  Berenson, on parole, was granted a temporary absence from Peru by the National Criminal Court and had planned to leave last Friday […]

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Peru judge releases Lori Berenson on parole, again

November 6, 2010 10:34 am2 comments
Peru judge releases Lori Berenson on parole, again

American Lori Berenson was granted parole on Friday by a Peruvian judge after serving 15 years in prison for aiding leftist MRTA rebels in the 1990s. Judge Jessica Leon released Berenson, who was eligible for parole after serving three-fourths of her 20 year sentence, daily El Comercio reported. Leon had ordered […]

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President García: Lori Berenson no longer poses a threat

September 8, 2010 6:29 pm2 comments
President García: Lori Berenson no longer poses a threat

“Would it be easier, Mr. President, to expel Lori Berenson from the country to finish out this last phase of her sentence so she could serve it out at home?”

“I have three perspectives on Lori Berenson. The first is strictly legal. She committed a crime. She was involved in an attempt to seize the Peruvian Congress. She was convicted and she has yet to finish her sentence. There’s a debate whether she should finish out her sentence in prison. That’s a legal question. The second issue is, how much fear should Peru have of a woman who has already served 15 years in prison, who has a little baby boy? I see neither the reason why that should create an issue that divides us, nor create fear among the population. And for that very reason, thirdly, the president has the authority at certain times to lower the penalty and expel the person. But I am not a party to this fear. I don’t want that Peru gives life to ghosts and fear. And for that reason, leaving these things aside calmly over time the mind can re-adjust and realize there’s no reason for fear.”

“But does this third option sounds good to you? That’s a question.”

“There are various issue that arise. No? One is relations with the United States. Ms. Berenson, her parents, the Senators… Public opinion in America, which believes a fellow American is always innocent, no matter what they did. Taking that into consideration, she’s already served 15 years… She has a little baby. That moves me very much. Secondly, she is not a threat to Peru. That’s in the past already; it forms part of our yesterdays. There are some people who are very angry and want her punished to the very last day. But you can’t live life angry because he who holds in rancor ends up hurting himself. That’s something I have thought for a long time. So I am going to have to see.”

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Lori Berenson interview with Peruvian Times

August 19, 2010 6:59 am11 comments

“It seems as though cases like mine and the whole issue of ‘rebrote terrorista’ have been smokescreens once again and again and again and again when it’s politically convenient.”

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Justice Ministry to post human rights court case info on its Web site

August 18, 2010 9:32 amComments Off

The president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Diego García-Sayán, called the heated debate about human rights reparations “a slanderous campaign.”

“This campaign to discredit the Court is meant to debase the concept of human rights and to make the Court out to be a supposed defender of terrorism,” he told veteran Peruvian investigative reporter Ángel Páez.

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Jailed U.S. citizen Lori Berenson gives birth to baby boy

May 7, 2009 7:51 amComments Off

Lori Berenson, a New York native imprisoned in Peru for collaborating with leftist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) guerrillas, gave birth by cesarean section to a baby boy on Wednesday. The boy, delivered by c-section because of Berenson’s degenerative arthritis of the spine, was named Salvador Anespori Apari Berenson and […]

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