Peru won't commute sentence of American woman

[JURIST] Peru says it will ignore any ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights advocating the release of American Lori Berenson. Berenson has been jailed in Peru since her 1995 arrest and 2001 conviction for terrorist collaboration with Marxist guerrillas, the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. She was originally sentenced to life in prison, but was retried and is currently serving a 20 year sentence. Peruvian legal experts believe President Alejandro Toledo has not reduced the sentence because of political pressure to appear tough on terrorism. The IACHR is scheduled to consider this week whether she received a fair trial; read a court press release here (No. 6, in Spanish). AP has more.

 

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