Date of birth: 13.11.1969
Place of birth: New York
Citizenship: United States
name Tupac Amaru movement activist
Berenson was born in New York, the son of Childbirth (Rhoda) and Mark Berenson (Mark Berenson). When she was a student at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Lori joined the ranks of the Committee support the people of El Salvador (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). Graduated Berenson did not bother; The Committee took its case to the head. After a while, Lori even moved to Salvador, where she became a secretary and interpreter of Leonel Gonzales (Leonel Gonz & # 225; lez), leader of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (Frente Farabundo Mart & # 237; para la Liberaci & # 243; n Nacional).
After the political situation in El Salvador improved, Lori Berenson moved to Peru. In her own words, she was there all the time at the expense of its educational foundation based parents. It was in Peru and Laurie contacted c MRTA.
Berenson arrived at the Peruvian Congress (Peru`s Congress) in the company of a photographer, in order to interview a number of members of Congress. They arrested her on the bus; He was arrested and photographer - later turned out his wife MRTA leader.
At first, Laurie denied any connection with the movement; later, however, she rented in Lima (Lima) building a solid arsenal was found - and a few well-armed rebels.
Shortly after the arrest, Berenson said that all accusations against the MRTA - usual propaganda; Laurie tried to prove that the movement is not a terrorist organization, but much closer to the ordinary revolutionaries - the pretty angry peruantsev.1996 th Laurie appeared before a military court; anonymous judge sentenced Berenson to life imprisonment. The fact that the judge chose to hide his face, to explain it was not difficult - to this a number of his more adventurous colleagues have fallen at the hands of MRTA militants. International human rights activists, however, said that the process was in violation of a number of legal norms - so Berenson was denied the right to familiarize himself with the government evidence and testimony of witnesses.
In 2000, Peru was replaced by the government; Berenson case it was decided to reconsider. Laurie again found guilty of collaborating with terrorists; This time, however, the verdict was handed down more lenient - 20 years in prison. In total, Berenson spent behind bars for 15 years, and then still went out to freedom - InMay of 2010.
In August of 2010 Court of Appeal ruled that Lori must sit out the rest of the period; however, on November 5 th 2010, the judge still let Berenson. It was assumed that Laurie will have to stay in Peru until the end of probation - or go back to jail. Prosecutors, however, were not satisfied; in January 2011 they tried to return Berenson to prison - however, unsuccessfully. The proceedings lasted for 8 months; eventually lawyers decided that the decision handed down in November, should be considered final and not subject to appeal.
In December 2011, the Peruvian court allowed Berenson to three weeks to return to New York (New York) to the family; later Laurie will have yet to return to Peru, where she will stay until November 29 th 2015.