An American convicted and jailed on terrorism charges abroad wants to come back to the U.S. to work on “social justice issues,” according to reports.
Lori Berenson, 46, was convicted by a Peruvian military court in 1996 of collaborating with terrorists and was sentenced to life in prison. She associated with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA). Between 1980 and 2000, MRTA was responsible for 1,050 deaths. It planned in 1995 to siege Peru’s National Congress and take members of Congress hostage. (RELATED: US Media Embraces American Terrorist, Calls Her An ‘Activist’)
She was expelled from Peru Thursday after completing her reduced 20-year sentence for terrorist activities.
Berenson, along with her 6-year-old son, plans to live in New York City with her parents who are university professors. “My objective is to continue to work in social justice issues,” Berenson says.
She dropped out of MIT in 1988 and went to El Salvador where she worked with rebels before leaving for Peru in 1994. For the past five years she has been on parole in Lima, Peru, but was allowed to briefly visit her parents in New York City back in 2011 for Christmas along with her son, whose father is her ex-husband and an MRTA terrorist she met in prison.
Berenson continues to assert MRTA is not a terrorist organization, saying, “It could have acted at times using terrorist tactics, but that it was a terrorist organisation, I don’t think the label fits.”
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