Lori Berenson Has Baby While Serving Sentence in Peru

In 2004, American Lori Berenson lost her last appeal of her 20 year sentence (earlier reduced from life) in Peru.

This week she had a baby boy. The father is Anibal Apari, a lawyer in Lima who also served time as a member of the Tupac Amaru Revelutionary Movement. They met in jail and have been married since 2003.

Lori is now 39. As horrible as conditions must be in a Peruvian jail, at least they allow her to keep and raise her baby until he's 3 years old.

She'll be eligible for parole in 2010, and if she is granted release, she'll be deported to the U.S. where her father is looking forward to helping raise the baby.

"I'm just ecstatic. This child will likely be my only grandchild, and I'm going to spoil him if I can," her father, Mark Berenson, a former college professor, told The Associated Press.

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    kdog's gonna love this one. Robinhood? (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed May 06, 2009 at 06:27:20 PM EST
    Also, did she have marital visitation privileges?

    A few articles I googled mentioned (none / 0) (#2)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed May 06, 2009 at 06:48:21 PM EST
    conjugal visits.

    Yeah... (none / 0) (#11)
    by kdog on Thu May 07, 2009 at 08:54:13 AM EST
    a real heartbreaker all around.

    Waitin' on the day like Citizen Cope.


    One of my favorite songs. (none / 0) (#17)
    by TChris on Thu May 07, 2009 at 05:49:46 PM EST
    You have excellent taste in music, kdog.

    From wiki: (none / 0) (#3)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Wed May 06, 2009 at 06:55:20 PM EST
    Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission determined that the group [the Tupac Amaru Revelutionary Movement] was responsible for 1.5% of the deaths investigated. In its final findings published in 2003, the Commission observed:

    Unlike Shining Path, and like other armed Latin American organizations with which it maintained ties, the MRTA claimed responsibility for its actions, its members used uniforms or other identifiers to differentiate themselves from the civilian population, it abstained from attacking the unarmed population and at some points showed signs of being open to peace negotiations.

    Nevertheless, MRTA also engaged in criminal acts; it resorted to assassinations, such as in the case of General Enrique López Albújar, the taking of hostages and the systematic practice of kidnapping, all crimes that violate not only personal liberty but the international humanitarian law that the MRTA claimed to respect.

    It is important to highlight that MRTA also assassinated dissidents within its own ranks.[2]

    Who gets the baby when he's three (none / 0) (#4)
    by nycstray on Wed May 06, 2009 at 07:54:03 PM EST
    if she isn't paroled? Does he stay with her family here or the husband there, or do they 'take him away'?