Tuesday, August 29, 2000

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  • Peruvian Military Court Voids Lori Berenson’s Sentence, Civilian Trial Is Likely

    Peru’s top military court yesterday granted a civilian retrial to Lori Berenson, the New York activist who has spent more than 5 years in a Peruvian prison. She is serving a life sentence after being convicted of "treason against the Fatherland" by a hooded military judge in 1996. The Peruvian regime claims she was helping the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement plan an assault on the Peruvian Congress. Berenson has consistently denied these charges.

  • Political Prisoners in Peru

    Lori Berenson is the only American political prisoner in Peru, but there are scores of Peruvians being held on political charges.

  • Clinton’s Trip to Africa

    President Clinton flew to East Africa yesterday in hopes of witnessing a settlement to the civil war in Burundi, but negotiations stalled at the last minute, leaving Clinton to plead with rival factions for compromise.

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