Paroled Activist Lori Berenson Arrives in US

Bureaucracy delayed permission for guerrilla sympathizer to leave Peru
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2011 8:56 AM CST
Paroled Activist Lori Berenson Arrives in US
Lori Berenson arrives from Lima, Peru, with her son Salvador Apari at Newark Liberty International Airport, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 in Newark, NJ.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

(Newser) – Lori Berenson arrived at Newark Airport this morning, her first time in the United States since she was arrested for aiding Peruvian guerrillas in 1995, reports the AP. Berenson was supposed to leave Peru on Friday, but she was denied permission to leave when she arrived at the Lima airport. After securing an additional document yesterday, she and her 2-year-old son were finally allowed to depart.

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"We are looking forward to the first holiday at home in a long, long time," said Berenson's mother. "This is not a political time; this is a time for family, friends, and holidays." Berenson is supposed to return to Peru by Jan. 11 to serve out the remaining five years of her parole, and has said she will do so. (Read more Lori Berenson stories.)

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