Lori Berenson Delayed in Leaving Peru

    US citizen Lori Berenson waits before attending a hearing in Lima on January 10, 2011 to defend the parole granted to her two months ago, following an appeal by the Peruvian Anti-terrorist attorney’s office demanding she should serve the complete sentence. Berenson served 15 years of a 20-year sentence for terrorism after she was convicted in 1995 for her involvement with the leftist guerrilla group Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) in a foiled plot to seize control of the Congress under the government of the then-president Alberto Fujimori. AFP PHOTO/ERNESTO BENAVIDES (Photo credit should read ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP/Getty Images)

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    U.S. citizen Lori Berenson, who has spent the past 15 years in prison in Peru, was delayed from leaving the country on Saturday, despite a judge’s ruling the day before that she could leave. Berenson was pulled off a bus 16 years ago and charged with aiding the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, or MRTA, a guerrilla group. Despite never being convicted as participating in any violent acts, Berenson had become the face of terrorism in Peru and she said her life after being paroled last year had been difficult. A judge on Friday ruled that she could leave the country, but when she tried to leave Saturday, Peru’s interior minister stopped her, saying he had not been notified of the ruling. Berenson, who has a 2-year-old son, has been ordered to return to Lima by Jan. 11 for another hearing.

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