Help Lori Berenson Get Out of Prison in Peru!
is Completed and Trial Reaches Summation Stage
Help Lori: Suggested Actions for This Week
Trial Continues -- Fifth Week
Charges Lori with Collaboration, asks for 20 year sentence
judges take vacation -- Lori sits and waits
President Clinton stands ufor Lori!
of first phase of Lori's "trial" delayed yet again
Anniversary of Lori's Arrest
Urgent Action Alert
Supreme Military Council of Peru Nullifies
Lori's Life Sentence
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"SHOW TRIAL" PROCEEDING UNFAIRLY AND THE WORLD IS WATCHING
Based on newly obtained information, on Monday, August 28, the Supreme
Military Council overturned Lori's conviction of treason and aggravated
terrorism and nullified her life sentence, finally conceding what Lori
has said all along--that she is not guilty of the preposterous charges
levied against her. This was a major admission by the government of Peru,
undermining all its claims against Lori. Instead of releasing her, however,
the government of Peru remanded Lori's case to the civilian courts for
a "show trial." The US State Department has reported that these civilian
courts do not meet international standards of openness, fairness, and
The so-called "trial" of Lori officially began Thursday, August 31 when
a judge visited Lori upon her arrival at Chorrillos Prison in Lima and
tried to take testimony immediately. Lori refused, saying she will not
speak to a judge before she has the opportunity to speak to State Department
officials, parents, and US legal advisers to learn about the civil court
The pre-trial activities are proceeding in ways that will only hurt Peru
and further isolate that country in the community of nations for its continued
violations of fundamental human rights. There was no due process in Lori's
military tribunal five years ago and to date there is no evidence there
will be due process now. Lori continues to be demonized by Peruvian government
officials, Peruvian jurists, and by the Peruvian media. In addition, the
pretrial procedures have begun without Lori having any opportunity to
prepare a defense. Already, Peru has committed several violations to Article
8 of the American Convention on Human Rights.
1. Lori has not yet been notified of the charges against her.
2. Lori has not yet been able to select a lawyer.
3. Lori is permitted to have a lawyer hear testimony taken from witnesses
but this testimony is currently being taken before she has hired a lawyer.
On Tuesday September 5 Lori filed a petition with the court, asking that
all proceedings against her be held in abeyance until her fundamental
rights are protected. (See home page of www.freelori.org web site for
full wording of petition). In the presence of former U.S. Attorney General
Ramsey Clark, Rhoda, and US State Department Consular Officer Mary Grandfield,
the judge agreed to give Lori one week to hire a lawyer and prepare a
defense. On Wednesday September 6 he "changed his mind" and told Lori
he would start taking testimony from her on Friday September 8 and if
she did not have a lawyer he would assign a public defender. Given these
violations of due process, Lori plans to remain silent in accordance with
Article 8 of the American Convention on Human Rights.
LORI'S "VOICE" HEARD THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
Amy Goodman, award-winning journalist and host of Pacifica Radio's "Democracy
Now," played portions of a taped interview with Lori on Wednesday September
6 (see home page of www.freelori.org
to hear this broadcast). The interview with Lori occurred in the yard
at Socabaya Prison in March 1999. Amy Goodman participated in a human
rights delegation from the Los Angeles-based Office of the Americas that
was given permission to see Lori. The interview was never aired before
and this is the first time Lori's voice had been heard in public since
her sentencing in January 1996.
MARK AND REVEREND JESSE JACKSON JOIN CONGRESSWOMAN CAROLYN MALONEY AT
NEW YORK CITY PRESS CONFERENCE
On Tuesday September 5 Reverend Jesse Jackson and Congresswoman Carolyn
Maloney called for the release of Lori Berenson in a press conference
held at the Peruvian Consulate in New York City.
REVEREND JESSE JACKSON, AMY GOODMAN AND MARK APPEAR ON "RIVERA LIVE"
On Wednesday September 6 known TV newsperson Geraldo Rivera hosted Reverend
Jesse Jackson, journalist Amy Goodman, and Mark for a 15-minute segment
on CNBC's "Rivera Live." Portions of the Amy Goodman interview with Lori
were played and discussed and Rev. Jesse Jackson called for Lori's release
and stated he wanted to go to Peru and bring her home. Mr. Rivera, a future
candidate for mayor in New York City, also urged Lori's release.
UPCOMING EVENTS: WORCESTER, MA VIGIL
On Friday September 8 Clark University's human rights group "Peace Works"
will be sponsoring a vigil for Lori between 7 and 9 p.m. at 950 Main Street
in Worcester, MA. The vigil is open to the public. Petitions and letters
will be on hand for signing. For more information please check the home
page of the www.freelori.org
"To be silent in the face of injustice is to be an accomplice to evil. I
will not be silent." Lori Berenson, January 2000
The Committee to Free Lori Berenson,
320 E. 25th St. #2AA, NY, NY 10010
(this is also Mark and Rhoda Berenson's contact info)