American terrorist released after 15 years in Peruvian prison

May 28th, 2010 - 2:17 am ICT by BNO News  

LIMA, PERU (BNO NEWS) — Lori Berenson, a New York native jailed in Peru since 1995 for collaborating with leftist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), was released from prison Thursday.

Berenson, sentenced to 20 years in prison for his links with the MRTA, was granted parole but she must stay in Peru for rest of her sentence.

Berenson is the daughter of two New York college professors. She dropped out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to join left-wing radicals fighting for democracy in El Salvador.

She arrived in Peru in 1992, where she joined the MRTA, a Marxist rebel group named, fighting against government of Alberto Fujimori.

Berenson was convicted of conspiring with the MRTA in a plot to kidnap members of the Peruvian Congress, and was sentenced to life in prison. Her sentence was reduced to twenty years by a panel of judges in 2001.

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