Lori Berenson May Face New Trial

September 05, 2000

The Peruvian government has nullified Lori Berenson’s life sentence. Berenson is the New York activist who was convicted of "treason against the Fatherland" by a hooded military judge in 1996. The Peruvian regime claimed she was helping the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement plan an assault on the Peruvian Congress. The 30-year-old Berenson has consistently denied these charges. Top officials have admitted that Lori was never a leader of a terrorist group, that she shouldn’t have been tried by the military tribunal, that she was not guilty of treason to the fatherland. Peruvian authorities moved Berenson from a remote maximum-security prison in the Andes last Thursday to Lima.

But Berenson may now face a civilian trial on terrorism-related charges. Her family and supporters say she should be released immediately.


  • Mark Berenson, father of Lori Berenson
  • Ramsey Clark, Lori Berenson’s lawyer. He is also the former US Attorney General.

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