north wrote:What you make of it? I think she should have stayed in jail. It's a bunch of crap her denials. You can see a big radical hippy like her a mile away..... who the hell else comes to Peru all the way from the States at age 25 and tries to interfere with the people and government? She even says she's an 'activist' on her site, that says it all! GUILTY. Peru wasn't her first target destination either. What a nerve. How did she find a sympathetic judge? Well she had 15 years for all her groupies to bride them, but the judge should have known better. Should have stayed in jail. Now she gets out but has to stay in the country for 5 years still? I say either keep her in jail or kick her straight out of the country. Ugh, I'm sick of her. Next theres going to be a stupid Hollywood movie after her. That'll make her into a legend now. Free Fujimori, not Lori!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For those who want to read about it: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/world ... 6peru.html
It is a complex story that merits much more than labeling.
There are few people that deny Berenson's involvement, but one argument that does have some weight is that she was a fairly minor member of the cell, yet she received a sentence as if she were one of the leaders. This, rumor had it, was in order to send out a message to foreigners not to get involved in Peruvian politics -- and certainly not with Sendero or the MRTA.
Anyway, sounds like she will be free soon, according to the rule of law, and she will stay in Peru on parole, which is normal and again, according to the law, like it or not. I suspect that at the end of Garcia´s term, they might find a way to send her back to the US. I remember how Toledo did this with the son or daughter (I forget which) of an influential Israeli that had got arrested on a drug charge, so there are precedents.
Who knows.. we might even see a pardon for Fujimori at the same time, though he might not want to give up his new apartment now that all his friends are used to visiting him at his new digs.