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  • 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...
    Aug 29, 2000 | Story
  • 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...
    Sep 05, 2000 | Story
  • Today in Lima, Peru, the process of interrogation of witnesses began in the civilian trial of Lori Berenson, the American who was serving a life sentence in Peru on charges of "treason to the fatherland." Last week, a military tribunal voided her sentence, saying they will now send her case to a civilian court. [includes rush transcript]
    Sep 06, 2000 | Story
  • Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is expected to submit his resignation today from the plush Tokyo hotel where he is holed up far from a corruption storm, but opposition leaders said they are preparing moves to oust him on grounds of moral unfitness.
    Nov 20, 2000 | Story
  • In August, after Lori Berenson spent five hellish years in Peruvian prisons, the country’s top military court granted her a civilian court trial. But her hopes for release may be threatened by recent upheavals in Peru. Last month after evidence of corruption became irrefutable, President Fujimori and his shadowy intelligence head, Vladimiro Montesinos, fled the country. Montesinos was spotted yesterday in Venezuela, where he was said to...
    Dec 21, 2000 | Story
  • On Dec. 1, 1995, Rhoda Berenson received a call from the Peru desk at the State Department, informing her that her26-year-old daughter, Lori, had been arrested in Lima. Six weeks later a hooded, anonymous judge found Lori guilty oftreason and sentenced her to life in prison. Though the military conviction was overturned in August, Lori Berensonis still in prison, awaiting a civilian trial on charges of terrorism that could lead to a 20-year...
    Feb 06, 2001 | Story
  • When the trial of Lori Berenson began almost a month ago in Peru, she was inthe courtroom behind bars. That set the stage for the trial in which she wasquestioned on the stand for more than 20 hours over 9 days. Now the court isquestioning the man who is seeking a lower sentence by testifying against her.
    Apr 16, 2001 | Story
  • In Lima, Peru, Lori Berenson, a former graduate student at MIT and long-time activist, is six weeks into her secondtrial on charges that she collaborated with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), a Peruvian guerrillagroup.
    May 08, 2001 | Story
  • Lori Berenson, the 31-year-old New Yorker who has been held for more than five years in Peruvian prisons on terrorismcharges, was convicted last night of collaborating in foiled plot to take the entire Peruvian Congress hostage. Shewas sentenced to 20 years in prison.
    Jun 21, 2001 | Story
  • Alejandro Toledo was inaugurated as Peru’s president Saturday, promising a government "at the service of the people" and free of the corruption and human rights abuses that marked the rule of his predecessor, Alberto Fujimori. Toledo pledged to fight poverty in the Andean nation by funding rural schools and health clinics. He also proposed a reorganization of the country’s notorious armed forces to place them under firm...
    Jul 30, 2001 | Story