Lori Berenson To Be Released After 15 Years In Jail In Peru

Street scene in Lima, Peru.
Street scene in Lima, Peru.
Street scene in Lima, Peru.
Street scene in Lima, Peru.

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Top Story — Lori Berenson, an American convicted on terrorism charges 15 years ago in Peru, will be released as early as Thursday after being granted parole.

In 1996, Berenson was  convicted in a military court of collaborating with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), a left-wing rebel group, and sentenced to life imprisonment, which was later reduced to 20 years in prison. She has constantly denied all the charges.

“I’m very happy. I am going to have three glasses of wine,” her father Mark Berenson told the Associated Press. Berenson’s parents are university professors and she eneded her education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to travel throughout Latin America.

The announcement of her parole was made Tuesday in a televised court hearing after Berenson’s lawyer, Aníbal Apari Sánchez, who is also her hsuand, made the request to Judge Jessica León Yarango.

The Berenson family estimates that they’ve  spent more than $1 million on legal and travel fees to defend and support their daughter.

“I think what was hardest for me was the knowledge that she was being unjustly deprived of living fully in the prime years of her life,” said her mother, Rhoda Berenson, a physics professor at New York University, to ABC News.

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