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Chronology of events in Berenson case

Chronology of events in Berenson case

Key events in case of Lori Berenson, American activist who served 15 years in Peruvian prisons for aiding leftist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement:
_November 1994: Berenson arrives in Peru with Pacifico Castrellon, Panamanian she says she met by chance at art gallery in Panama. Castrellon later claims trip arranged by rebels.
_August 1995: Berenson moves out of house she rented months earlier with Castrellon. She continues to visit house but later denies knowing more than dozen guerrillas, ammunition and dynamite hidden on top floor.
_Nov. 30, 1995: Berenson arrested on bus with wife of MRTA leader Nestor Cerpa after leaving Peru's Congress.
_Dec. 1, 1995: Security forces raid MRTA safehouse; coded floor plan of Congress allegedly sketched by Berenson and forged Peruvian election ID card bearing her photo among evidence seized.
_Jan. 8, 1996: Berenson presented to media and angrily shouts: "There are no criminal terrorists in the MRTA. It is a revolutionary movement."
_Jan. 11, 1996: Secret military court convicts Berenson of treason, sentences her to life in prison without parole.
_Dec. 17, 1996: Thirteen Tupac Amaru rebels, led by Cerpa, storm Japanese ambassador's residence and hold 72 hostages for 126 days; among demands is release of 20 imprisoned people, including Berenson.
_Aug. 28, 2000: After years of pressure from U.S., Peru's top military court overturns Berenson's sentence.
_March 20, 2001: Berenson goes on trial in civilian court on lesser charges of "terrorist collaboration" and "illicit association."
_June 20, 2001: Berenson convicted and sentenced to 20 years for collaborating with rebels but acquitted of being active rebel militant. Her five years already spent in jail count toward the total.
_January 2009: Nearly five months pregnant and diagnosed with herniated disc, Berenson transfers to women's prison in Lima.
_May 6, 2009: Berenson gives birth to boy, Salvador. Father is Anibal Apari, already freed former Tupac Amaru rebel who serves as Berenson's lawyer.
_May 25, 2010: Judge grants Berenson's petition for parole; orders her to stay in Peru through November 2015, when her sentence ends.
_May 27, 2010: Berenson walks out of prison.


Updated : 2021-03-05 00:35 GMT+08:00