December 17th, 2011
10:51 PM ET

Paroled American activist stopped from leaving Peru, her lawyer says

Lori Berenson was prevented from leaving Peru although a court has given the American activist permission to travel to the United States for the holidays, her lawyer told CNN en Espanol on Saturday.

Berenson and her 2-1/2-year-old son were stopped at the airport for reasons that were not immediately clear, said Anibal Apari.

He characterized the decision to block their leaving as "arbitrary," and said he wanted to get to the bottom of who gave the order.

Berenson was sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for collaborating with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement to attack the nation's congress and overthrow the government. Her sentence was reduced to 20 years on appeal.

She was released from Lima's Chorrillos Penitentiary in November 2010 after a Peruvian court granted her parole. As a parolee, Berenson must remain in Peru until at least 2015.

If she had been allowed to leave, it would have been the first time she left Peru in 16 years. Under the travel terms set by the Lima court, Berenson, 42, would have to return to Peru in early January

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  1. accurate

    WHY do Americans and their women ALWAYS think it is okay to interfere with other another country?
    Obviously they got these ideas from the U.S. military who do the same things at every base they rent
    in the world today as Americans pay for their privilages to evangelize and to manipulate any people
    and every government. Even so called "diplomats" such as in Pakistan and who pays to bail them out?

    December 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. genomega1

    activist? No, just another brain dead college student led astray by by wacko college profs.

    December 17, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rooney

    She just got out of prison about a year ago, where she had been since 1995. How does she have a 2-1/2-year-old son?

    December 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Conjugal visits with a husband she married while behind bars.

      December 18, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. F1

    If any of you have traveled to a central or south american country than you would understand her position in human and political rights in these countries! These people deserve better , at least someone can have the kahonas to speak up for these people ,so until than live your sheltered lives , and since none of you really care none of these problems in these countries than maybe you should keep the negative remarks quiet!!! Ive lived in south and central america for three years and i know what these people go through.

    December 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • US Resident

      I lived in Peru for 16 years. I know the injustices that can happen. But it does not justify killing people, including civilians. As pointed out on another post, it is no different that terrorist blowing up a bomb in Irak or crashing a plane into the World Trade Center. There are a lot of points of view in this world, and not always the US point of view is the correct one.

      December 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. beachrat

    This is typical of most governments , who are the tools of the corporate interests wold wide

    December 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ┴┴∩И╛╛∩Я ( ½ ELF slayer & ½ BUGBEAR KILLER )

    thye didn't waant to let her go with out a full cavity search.. 🙂

    December 18, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. rooney

    Thanks BOMBO, I thought so but wasn't sure if they allowed that in Peru.

    December 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Accurate, I agree with some points you have made, but it is no different from other religions suicide bombing in the countries they immigrate to in the name of their god.
    It's all the same sh1t, different day.

    December 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. US Resident

    Why do they call her an "activist"? She is a terrorist, no other word to describe her.
    Did you see the video of her arrest in 1995? Yelling and proclaiming her support for the terrorist group?

    December 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James M

    As a convicted terrorist, why is she permitted to re-enter the United States? Either the US is calling Peru's government illegitimate, or else it is admitting a known terrorist into its borders. Which is it?

    December 20, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. incaneto

    perhaps, she just wants to blow up ground zero for your all of you screwed up american idiots shut up and accept your country is numero uno all around, including the manufacturing, programming and shipping terrorist abroad.......

    December 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |