Inter-American rights court denies US woman’s appeal of Peru terror conviction

Inter-American rights court denies US woman’s appeal of Peru terror conviction

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights [official website] has denied an appeal request to reinterpret its November 2004 ruling [JURIST report] that upheld the conviction of an American tried in Peru on charges she collaborated with the terrorist group Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement [overview]. Lawyers for Lori Berenson [advocacy website] claimed that her trial failed to meet international standards for fairness, and have sought to have her conviction and 20-year sentence overturned. In a 2000 CBS News interview [text], Berenson characterized her original trial proceedings as hostile and coercive, saying that she had faced a panel of hooded judges and that armed guards had aimed assault rifles at her and her lawyer's heads during the 10-minute proceeding. She is scheduled for release in November 2015. AP has more.