Leftist ‘Rebel’ Lori Berenson is Returning to New York

Twenty years after her controversial treason conviction in Peru, Lori Berenson is finally coming home.

Berenson still maintains that she was not in cahoots with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, a terror group that was plotting in 1995 to take Peruvian lawmakers hostage.

The Associated Press reports that she and her 6-year-old son Salvador will move in with her parents, who live in New York’s Gramercy Park neighborhood.

Berenson’s road to Peru began when she dropped out of MIT and went to Latin America to help leftist groups, including those in El Salvador. She arrived Peru in 1994.

She was convicted of “collaborating with terrorism” but denies she knew anything about the Tupac Amaru kidnap plot.

For years, her parents worked to get her set free. In 2010, Berenson apologized and was put on parole. She had to stay in the country, however, until the sentence ran out.

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John A. Oswald

John A. Oswald

John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.

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