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American activist sent back to prison in Peru

American activist, Lori Berenson, is convicted of aiding leftist rebels.



Lima: An American activist convicted of aiding leftist rebels surrendered to police on Wednesday after a court struck down a decision granting her parole and ordered her to return to prison, where she is to remain with her 15-month-old son for the time being.

Lori Berenson was arrested by police at the US embassy, where she was at what her father called a "regular consular meeting" to keep embassy officials apprised of her situation.

"She`s calm. She is a very strong woman," her husband and lawyer, Anibal Apari, told reporters outside the embassy. "She is going to return to jail with her baby."

As she was led to a courthouse cell, Berenson carried her son in her arms.

Television footage later showed Berenson being taken to the Chorrillos women`s prison in an ambulance. It is common practice in Peru to transfer prisoners in ambulances.

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, apologising for her crime and asking the court to uphold her parole. Berenson told the court on Monday that she regrets her actions and hoped to focus on raising on her son, Salvador.

In an interview on Monday with three Lima-based journalists, Berenson said her case had become a political football in an election year: Some former rebels are running for office in state and municipal elections in October, and Berenson is viewed by many Peruvians as a symbol of the left-wing violence that afflicted the nation two decades ago.

Bureau Report

From Zee News

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