Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $10,500
12%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 12% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: mrta

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Berenson barred from leaving Peru

    12/17/2011 6:54:11 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 17, 2011 | FRANK BAJAK
    LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's government abused its authority by barring paroled U.S. activist Lori Berenson and her 31-month-old son from leaving the country to spend the holidays in New York City with her family, her lawyer charged Saturday. "Administratively, you can't block a court order," Anibal Apari said after Berenson told The Associated Press that she and her son Salvador were prevented from boarding a flight Friday night despite being granted permission in court.
  • JUSTICE FOR LORI BERENSON

    12/02/2004 11:08:19 PM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 534+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/03/04
    For months, Lori Berenson, New York's most notorious revolutionary tourist, has had her fingers crossed, counting on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to overturn her 20-year sentence for terrorist activities in Peru. The Lima government also clearly expected a ruling in Berenson's favor — it announced last week that it would defy any order by the Costa Rica-based court that the MIT dropout-turned-sandalista be set free. But guess what? The court has upheld her sentence, imposed after a three-month civilian trial after her first conviction, by a military tribunal, was overturned following pressure from the Clinton administration. The...
  • Lori's folks rip court (Berenson)

    12/06/2004 3:16:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 33 replies · 1,276+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/06/04 | News Staff
    Lori Berenson's parents raged last night against a human rights court ruling that will keep their activist daughter in prison for the next 11 years. Mark and Rhoda Berenson, who live in Gramercy Park, said the ruling marked "a tragic day for human rights in the Western Hemisphere and in the world." They faulted the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Human Rights Court's decision to uphold a Peruvian court ruling that declared their activist daughter a Marxist terrorist who conspired in 1995 to overturn the Peruvian government. Berenson was originally tried by a tribunal of hooded judges. It was later found she...
  • Court refuses to reconsider Berenson case

    08/09/2005 10:02:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 587+ views
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - The Inter-American Court of Human Rights Tuesday refused a request by American Lori Berenson to review its ruling that upheld her 20-year sentence in Peru for terrorism. In a decision issued in November, the Costa Rica-based court - the legal arm of the Organization of American States - rejected Berenson's arguments that Peru violated her rights in a 2001 civilian retrial. It was Berenson's last formal avenue of appeal. The former New York City resident has denied any wrongdoing and maintains she is a political prisoner whose concern for social justice was distorted by...
  • Berenson to return to U.S. for 1st time after jail in Peru

    12/17/2011 12:03:31 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 17, 2011
    LIMA (Reuters) - Lori Berenson, a New Yorker who spent 15 years in Peruvian prisons for aiding Marxist insurgents, will visit the United States as early as this weekend for the first time since her 1995 arrest, officials and her family said on Friday. Berenson, 42, the mother of a 2-year-old boy, was paroled last year after serving most of a 20-year sentence. At the time of her release, Peru's government resisted calls to commute the rest of her sentence so she could return permanently to the United States. Peruvian officials say she must return to Lima by January 11....
  • In Peru, parole of terrorist American Lori Berenson sparks anger

    05/27/2010 2:31:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies · 702+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5/26/2010 | Lucien Chauvin
    A Peruvian judge’s decision to parole Lori Berenson, an American imprisoned in Peru since November 1995 on terrorism charges, has provoked an avalanche of negative reactions here. Judge Jessica León accepted on Tuesday Ms. Berenson’s request to be released after having served three-quarters of her 20-year sentence. Berenson, however, must remain in Peru through the end of her sentence, in 2015, and report to judicial authorities every 30 days. A list of other conditions also restricts where she can live and the people with whom she can associate. The conditions were not enough for most of Peru’s media, which published...
  • Lori Berenson to be freed after 15 years in Peruvian prisons

    05/25/2010 5:26:32 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 41 replies · 1,635+ views
    cnn.com ^ | May 25, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    Lima, Peru -- Lori Berenson, a U.S. citizen jailed in Peru since 1995 for helping leftist rebels, has been granted conditional release, a judge announced Tuesday. Berenson has served nearly 15 years of a 20-year sentence for aiding Peruvian rebels in a 1995 plot to overthrow Peru's congress. Judge Jessica Leon Yarango made the announcement in a televised court hearing after Berenson's lawyer made the request, but did not specify when she would be released. Berenson, 40, who last year gave birth in prison to a son, Salvador, has long maintained her innocence. Her original sentence of life in prison...
  • WSJ’s O’Grady: Soros Funds Terrorism

    04/28/2008 8:42:19 AM PDT · by vadum · 46 replies · 283+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | April 28, 2008 | Matthew Vadum
    Mary Anastasia O'Grady writes in today's Wall Street Journal that George Soros's Open Society Institute has been funding terrorism. In a column entitled Friends of Terror in Peru, O'Grady notes that Thursday's vote by the European Parliament to take the Peruvian guerrilla group known as the Tupac Amaru (aka MRTA) off its terrorist list has Peru in an uproar. For good reason: The MRTA is notorious for kidnapping, torturing and murdering civilians to advance its political agenda. More recently, Peruvian officials have linked it to Hugo Chávez's "Bolivarian Movement," which seeks to destabilize democracies in Latin America, and to the...
  • Threat Matrix: March 2008

    03/05/2008 5:59:39 PM PST · by nwctwx · 1,515 replies · 23,048+ views
    Petraeus: Al Qaida Trying to 'Come Back In' U.S. military officials said there will be no significant reduction in coalition troops in the Baghdad area as part of an effort to stop the Al Qaida offensive in northern Iraq. They said Al Qaida was trying to reenter Baghdad and reverse its losses in 2007. "Al Qaida is trying to come back in," U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus said. "We can feel it and see it, and what we're trying to do is rip out any roots before they can get deeply into the ground." Read More Militants Assert...
  • Jailed Tupac Amaru Peru Rebel Chief Lays Down Arms

    09/17/2003 9:07:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 366+ views
    AP ^ | Sep. 17, 2003
    The imprisoned leader of a Peruvian rebel group that was once involved in a lengthy hostage drama says his group has given up armed conflict and now wants to become a political movement. In an interview published in Wednesday's Peru21 newspaper, Victor Polay acknowledged that the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement has been defeated. "The moment has arrived for the MRTA to actively join the political fight, within the framework of democracy," said Polay, using the group's initials in Spanish. He said he would like authorities to grant amnesty to imprisoned MRTA guerrillas. "I hope there will be a political way...
  • U.S. weighing next step in Berenson case: Powell

    03/24/2002 11:54:03 PM PST · by sarcasm · 7 replies · 261+ views
    SAN SALVADOR - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday that Washington may seek clemency for Lori Berenson, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Peru for terrorist ties, after an international rights panel reviews her case. President George W. Bush raised the case "directly" with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo during a visit to Peru on Saturday, but did not "make a direct appeal" on her behalf, Powell told reporters as Bush traveled here. "That wouldn't have been appropriate, because we're now waiting for the results of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights," which is looking at the case, he said....