Peru appeals court upheld release of US woman convicted of rebel involvement

On January 24, 2011, a Peruvian appeals court announced that it had rejected the government's petition to overturn a lower court's decision to grant parole to Lori Berenson, a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with the Marxist rebel organization, the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (TARM). Berenson was originally granted parole in May 2010, with the court citing her good behavior, renunciation of violence and completion of rehabilitation. However, authorities subsequently revoked her parole in August 2010. A Peruvian judge reinstated Berenson's parole in November 2010, prompting another appeal from the government. The appellate ruling was a major setback for governmental efforts in Peru to perpetuate Berenson's incarceration.


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