As the media is fond of calling her, the “activist” is on her way back and due to land in Newark at any moment.
The American activist Lori Berenson, who stirred international controversy after being convicted of helping Peruvian guerrillas, is returning to the US for her first visit since Peruvian authorities arrested her in 1995.
The 42-year-old, who is on parole, boarded a Continental Airlines flight at Lima’s main airport under intense media scrutiny.
Berenson’s departure capped three days of confusion after Peruvian authorities prevented her from boarding a flight to New York on Friday despite a court approval allowing her to leave. The court has ordered her to return to Peru by 11 January.
The authorities said Berenson, who had served 15 years on an accomplice to terrorism conviction before her parole last year, lacked an additional document.
Peruvian migration officials finally gave Berenson another document on Monday clearing her to leave the country with her son.
Her father, Mark Berenson, said he was anxious to see her return.
“I’m just glad that they finally resolved the thing,” he said.
Lori Berenson admitted helping the Tupac Amaru rebel group rent a safe house where authorities seized a cache of weapons after a shootout with the rebels. She insists she did not know guns were stored there and says she never joined the group.
In 1996, a military court of hooded judges convicted Berenson of treason and sentenced her to life in prison. After US pressure, she was retried by a civilian court.
Remember: Tea Partiers are a threat to democracy. Convicted leftwing terrorists are activists.