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Lori Berenson To Be Granted Civilian Trial

HeadlineAug 30, 2000

Late yesterday, Lori Berenson was moved to a prison in Lima, Peru, as the Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori said yesterday that a military court was obligated to revoke her life prison sentence and grant a civilian trial because of evidence suggesting she was not a leader of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. Berenson is the American activist who’s been imprisoned in Peru for nearly five years, serving a life sentence for treason against the fatherland. But Berenson’s sentence was voided earlier this week. Fujimori and even Berenson’s Peruvian lawyer are saying she should be tried on lesser charges that still carry twenty-year to life sentences. She will remain in jail through her so-called civilian trial. Her parents are demanding she be released immediately. Berenson denies all charges against her.

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