Peru gov't bans trips abroad for terror convicts

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Posted: Jan 21, 2012 3:29 PM
Peru gov't bans trips abroad for terror convicts

Peru's President Ollanta Humala has signed a law forbidding judges to let people convicted of terrorism-related crimes leave the country while on parole.

The law that takes effect Saturday was prompted by controversy over the case of a New York woman, Lori Berenson.

She is on parole after serving 15 years on a conviction of aiding leftist rebels in an alleged plot to take over Peru's Congress. Her sentence ends in 2015.

Many Peruvians were outraged when a judge let her take a 17-day trip to New York for the holidays. She honored conditions of the parole and returned Jan. 5.

Official reports show that three Chilean parolees also were allowed to make brief trips abroad in recent years.