[Ppnews] Lori Berenson Update - Lori Has Baby Boy in Peru

Political Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Wed May 6 15:14:29 EDT 2009

May 6, 2009

To Friends and Supporters of Lori Berenson:

Lori Has Baby Boy

Despite the odds she faced owing to compromised 
health after 13.5 years of incarceration in harsh 
Peruvian prison environments, Lori gave birth 
Wednesday morning May 6th in Lima.  Salvador 
Anesporí  Apari Berenson was delivered via 
Caesarian-section due to Lori’s precarious back 
condition that will require delicate spinal 
surgery to prevent permanent nerve 
damage.  Surgery will be scheduled after she recovers from childbirth.

Salvador’s father, Aníbal Apari Sanchez is a 
lawyer in Lima.   Lori and Aníbal were married in October 2003.

Salvador will enjoy dual US and Peruvian 
citizenship.  Peruvian law permits a child to be 
raised in a prison by the mother until age 
three.  Lori is eligible for conditional liberty 
(“parole”) in November 2010, when Salvador will be 18 months old.

Although the prison cell is small and stark, Lori 
and Salvador have everything they need.  Lori 
would very much welcome your kind thoughts in 
cards or letters, but asks ­ PLEASE, NO GIFTS ­ she simply has no room.

Former Peru President Fujimori Found Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity

Last month, former Peruvian President Alberto 
Fujimori, the man who arrested and used Lori for 
his own political gains, was convicted of crimes 
against humanity and given a 25-year 
sentence.  Isn’t it ironic that a man who was 
convicted for at least 25 murders and two 
kidnappings was sentenced to 25 years when Lori 
was found guilty of minor involvement with a 
subversive group and acquitted of charges 
relating to militancy or violence and was given a 20-year sentence?

Urge President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to Free Lori

Now that Salvador has arrived, Lori’s next hurdle 
will be delicate back surgery.  There is extreme 
concern over the prospects for Lori having 
successful spinal surgery in Peru when 
post-surgical rehabilitation and physical therapy 
are so limited in the confines of stark prison facilities.
President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton 
must be reminded of Lori’s situation.  Surely, in 
the interests of fairness and justice, the Obama 
administration must urge Peruvian President Alan 
Garcia to commute Lori’s sentence on humanitarian 
grounds for medical reasons and return her and her baby to the U.S.A.
The White House “Hot-line” is 202-456-1111 or the 
White House fax number is 202-456-2461. The brief 
message should be:  “Enough is enough, President 
Obama should do all he can to bring Lori Berenson 
and her baby boy Salvador home.”
A similar short note can be sent to Secretary of 
State Hillary Rodham Clinton by mail 
(address:  Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20510). The www.freelori.org 
website link 
lists other talking points.
Thank you for your help.

Mark and Rhoda B.

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

415 863-9977

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