American Lori Berenson freed from Peru prison

Lori Berenson, left, from New York, prepares to sign her sentence during an audience at a courthouse in Lima, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. A Peruvian judge granted house arrest to Berenson after 15 years in prison for aiding leftist rebels. (Karel Navarro)

November 8, 2010 4:10:30 PM PST
American activist Lori Berenson walked free from a Peruvian prison Monday for the second time after serving three-quarters of a 20-year sentence for collaborating with leftist rebels.

The 40-year-old New York woman and her lawyer and husband, Anibal Apari, were seen arriving at the Lima apartment where she plans to live.

"I will not be making any statements at this time," Berenson told reporters.

Berenson was initially paroled in May, but then was returned to prison in mid-August on a technicality.

The same judge who first freed Berenson reinstated her parole Friday.

The former Massachusetts Institute of Technology student and leftist activist must remain in Peru, however, until her full sentence is served - unless President Alan Garcia decides to commute it.

Garcia has indicated he would not consider a decision until all of the legal issues in the case have been resolved, which means Berenson could be stuck in the South American nation for some time.

The prosecutor has said he would appeal Berenson's parole, and Apari said that could take two to three months to be resolved.

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