Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lori Berenson Freed in Peru

Lori and Salvador are Granted Parole!


Dear Friends and Supporters of Lori,


On May 25, 2010 a Peruvian judge, after carefully studying

Lori's application for what in Peru is termed "conditional

liberty" (parole), determined that Lori has earned her

freedom. Lori and her son Salvador will be leaving prison in

a few days and moving to an apartment in Lima.


Parole requires individuals to live within the city in which

they were incarcerated (Lima, in Lori's case) - we do not

know if there are exceptions for foreigners or whether Lori

will be permitted to travel to the US while on parole.

Parole in Peru is based on good behavior, work and study.

In September 2009 Lori officially filed her application

under a Peruvian law which established eligibility after

serving 75% of her 20-sentence, less time off for work and study.


Lori appeared before the judge in court on Monday, May 17th,

for a hearing, defended by her husband, Anibal Apari

Sanchez, a Lima lawyer and candidate for Mayor of Villa El

Salvador, a suburb of Lima with over a half million

inhabitants. Lori will be a single mom - Anibal and Lori are

legally separated but remain friends and both share concerns

for Salvador's proper upbringing.


Salvador, now an active one-year old boy, will certainly

enjoy the opportunity to run around outside the confines of

the prison.  He is learning both English and Spanish but

babbles continuously in "unknown tongue."  He is a very

happy child and loves to be with people.


We want to express our gratitude to all of you for your

expressions of love and support all these years. You have

truly sustained us through some very dark hours and the dawn

of a new sunny day has arrived.


With appreciation, always.


Rhoda and Mark B.




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