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Activist surrenders to Peru police

An American activist convicted of aiding leftist rebels surrendered to police in Peru on Wednesday after a court reversed a decision granting her parole and ordered her to return to prison, where she is to remain with her 15-month-old son.

Lori Berenson was arrested by police at the US Embassy where she had been attending a meeting, embassy spokesman James Fennell said.

"She's calm. She is a very strong women," her husband and lawyer, Anibal Apari, told reporters outside the embassy.

The ruling by the three-judge panel of the criminal appeals court was announced two days after the 40-year-old New Yorker appeared at a hearing where she apologised for her crime and asked the court to uphold her parole.

Berenson told the court on Monday that she regretted her actions and hoped to focus on raising on her son, Salvador.

Berenson has acknowledged collaborating with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, but said she was never a member of the group nor involved in violent acts.

She has so far served 15 years of a 20-year prison sentence for terrorist collaboration.

Deputy Justice Minister Luis Marill confirmed that the court reversed the May 27 ruling that granted her parole - a decision that was widely unpopular in Peru.

Julio Galindo, the government's lead anti-terrorism prosecutor, told the Peruvian radio station Radioprogramas that the court had annulled the May decision granting parole until an error was addressed - that Berenson had not promptly notified police of the correct address where she would live upon her release.

Galindo said that once that error is addressed the judge in the case, Jessica Leon, would be able to issue a new ruling. He said the process was likely to take about two months.


From Belfast Telegraph