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Saturday
Nov062010

American Activist Freed in Peru

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(LIMA, Peru) -- American activist Lori Berenson has again been freed by a Peruvian court, 15 years into her 20 year sentence for aiding a leftist guerilla group.  She was paroled back in May but locked up again in August on a technicality.

Berenson has said she is sorry for working with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement and said she took no part in any of the violent acts blamed on the group during the 1980's and 1990's.  The Marxist group was linked to bank robberies, kidnappings and killings.

The New York native, daughter of university professors, was convicted by a military court in 1996 of treason after she gained access to Peruvian government officials with false credentials.  That led to a life sentence but after pressure from the U.S. Berenson was retried in civilian court and found guilty of terrorist collaboration.  That led to the 20 year sentence, five years of which were credited from her earlier sentence.

Berenson is now 40.  Her family has long maintained she was a social activist, not a terrorist.  Berenson showed no emotion as the court ruled she should be paroled.

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