November 5th, 2010
11:10 PM ET

Peruvian court grants parole to imprisoned U.S. citizen

A Peruvian court has granted parole to a U.S. citizen who has been imprisoned since 1995 for aiding leftist rebels.

Lori Berenson has already served 15 years of a 20-year sentence for collaborating with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement to attack the nation's congress and overthrow the government. She was released from Lima's Chorrillos Penitentiary in May only to be reincarcerated on a technicality, according to her family's website, freelori.org.

"The judge in charge of Lori's parole application has, once again, granted Lori parole on the grounds that she has fulfilled all necessary requirements," her family wrote Friday on the site.

"Unfortunately, it is expected that once again the State Prosecutor will appeal this decision to a higher court - a process that could take another two-to-three months."

Berenson gave birth to a son in prison in 2009 who was fathered by Berenson's estranged husband, a Peruvian lawyer who represents her. The young boy lives with her in prison.

- Journalist Maria Elena Belaunde contributed to this report.

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  1. tooth fairy

    She banged her lawyer now the kid lives with her in prison???? She needs another 5 yrs just for that.....

    November 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Michelle

    Yeah, that is a bit funky...she definately lacks in judgement.

    November 5, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. imgleader

    Lori Berenson is free again after further abuse from Peru's second rate sham democracy. Tried in 2 show trials as bad as anything Stalin ever orchestrated. She was never given the presumption of innocence as guaranteed by a treary bbetween the U.S. and Peru. Falsely labeled a terrorist by Peru's bloofy dictator president Fujimori. He made her into a terrorist scapegoat to deflect public opinion ffrom his managing the killing and kidnapping of 35,000 Peruanos in counter-terrorism operations. A totally innocent American woman who was psychologically manipulated into a fight response to her life being threatened. TPeru televised her fear reaction which allowed it to sentence her to 20 years in prison. In Berenson's case the word terrorist is spelled Peruvian Scapegoat

    November 5, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WhiteKong78

    Tupac army? No comment.

    November 6, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. GreatChiclikhan

    Tupac Amaru Shakur aka 2pac was named after an Inca king and translates into enshined eserpante. I'm guessing that has some reference to a snake which is known in mythology to be a deceitful and evil creature. I have no pity for the "snakes" in our society, and think they should rot in jail forever.

    November 6, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Queen

    She didn't deserve that harsh of a punishment, but a lot of others did or do deserve harsh punishments 4 their crimes! Let's work on THAT!

    November 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    I remember when Peru just deported you for drunken pink beach buggy driving/crashing. Of course that was over 30 yrs. ago. Back when Americans were sort of given a lttle respect for being such good people. Minor infractions were overlooked. It's not like that now to be sure.

    November 6, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    Naïve pawn. No business being there doing what she was doing. Why would she raise her son in prison with her? Send him to USA to be raised by the grandparents. My god people.

    November 7, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  9. Beth

    Im with u doesnt she want a better life for her baby!

    November 7, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. cesar

    @The Queen. So.

    November 8, 2010 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. osama bin diesel

    @ cesar : so lame

    November 8, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. pauly

    cesar sosay.

    November 8, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |