Activist Lori Berenson Finally Allowed to Return to U.S.

After 20 years, activist Lori Berenson, convicted of aiding leftist rebels in Peru, is finally returning home to New York.

The 46-year-old has been living quietly in Lima with her 6-year-old son since her 2010 parole because she was barred from leaving the country until her 20-year sentence lapsed. Berenson told The Associated Press that occurred on Sunday.

The basics:

She was initially convicted of treason in 1996 by a court of hooded military judges and sent for nearly three years to a frigid prison at 12,700 feet (3,870 meters) altitude, where her health suffered.

After U.S. pressure and a legal defense aided by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Berenson was retried in a civilian court in 2001....


In 2010, after serving 15 years of her 20 year sentence, she was released on "conditional liberty" (parole). In 2011, Lori and her son Salvador, who was born behind bars, visited New York for Christmas but Peru made her return and she had to remain there until her full sentence had expired.

Here's a timeline of events in her case.

Lori's parents, Mark and Rhoda Berenson, worked tirelessly through the years to free Lori. They never gave up. What wonderful news, so long overdue, for all of them.

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