[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 Loris precarious back
condition that will require delicate spinal
surgery to prevent permanent nerve
damage. Surgery will be scheduled after she recovers from childbirth.
Salvadors 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. Isnt 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?
CALL TO ACTION:
Urge President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to Free Lori
Now that Salvador has arrived, Loris 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 Loris situation. Surely, in
the interests of fairness and justice, the Obama
administration must urge Peruvian President Alan
Garcia to commute Loris 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
lists other talking points.
Thank you for your help.
Mark and Rhoda B.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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