Judge orders Lori Berenson freed from prison

A Peruvian judge ordered convicted rebel collaborator Lori Berenson freed from prison Friday, ruling that her initial parole order was sound, but the New Yorker’s legal troubles remained unresolved.

Judge Jessica Leon originally paroled Berenson in May, ruling that the activist had served the necessary three-quarters of a 20-year sentence.

But a higher court annulled the judge’s decision on a technicality in mid-August, sending Berenson back to a Lima woman’s prison. She took her 18-month old son, Salvador, with her.

Berenson, 40, received the news in a prison courtroom without showing emotion. Her lawyer and husband, Anibal Apari, said he expected her to be freed within 24 hours.

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