- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 18, 2010

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A court in Peru revoked parole for American activist Lori Berenson and ordered that she be arrested Wednesday and sent back to prison to finish the last five years of her 20-year prison sentence for aiding leftist rebels.

Deputy Justice Minister Luis Marill said that Berenson should be detained in the coming hours. Mr. Marill said the court overturned a May ruling granting Berenson parole that was widely unpopular in Peru.

Prosecutors had argued that the May ruling was riddled with errors. The 40-year-old New York activist argued she poses no threat to society and should be allowed to remain free.

The ruling by the three-judge panel of the criminal appeals court was announced two days after Berenson appeared at a hearing, apologizing for her crime and asking the court to uphold her parole.

Berenson has acknowledged collaborating with the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, but said she was never a member of the group nor involved in violent acts.

She told the court on Monday that she regrets her actions and hoped to focus on raising her 15-month-old son, Salvador. Peruvian authorities have said that if parole were revoked, she would be required to return to prison with her son.

Berenson was initially accused of being a leader of the Tupac Amaru, which bombed banks and kidnapped and killed civilians in the 1980s and 1990s.

When she was arrested in November 1995 with the wife of the group’s leader, prosecutors said Berenson was helping plot a takeover of Peru’s Congress.

She was convicted of treason by a military court in 1996 and sentenced to life. But after an intense campaign by her parents and pressure from the U.S. government, she was retried in a civilian court. In 2001 it convicted her of the lesser crime of terrorist collaboration and sentenced her to 20 years.

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