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Support for Berenson

Thank you for your well-written and informative article on the case of former MIT student Lori Berenson. If I may offer one small correction: Lori was arrested by plainclothes Peruvian police officers as she rode a public bus. She was not, as written in The Tech, “arrested after an all-night shootout with law-enforcement authorities” [“Five Years Later, Berenson Awaits Civilian Trial,” Sep. 26].

Lori continues to be held prisoner by the corrupt and discredited regime of Alberto Fujimori. Although she has not been informed of the charges against her, Fujimori has already publicly stated that her upcoming “civilian trial” will result in a 20-year prison sentence.

The Clinton administration pulled out the stops to help Fujimori’s erstwhile intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, to leave Peru before he could be subjected to criminal charges. It is essential that public pressure be maintained on the president and congress to secure the immediate release of an innocent woman who has been subjected to five years of isolation and brutality.

Peter Cole
Boston chapter, Committee to
Free Lori Berenson