President Refuses to Free New Yorker

From Times Wire Reports

President Alberto Fujimori rejected a proposal by his prime minister to free U.S. citizen Lori Berenson, jailed for life on terrorism charges in a top security prison in the Andes. Prime Minister Javier Valle Riestra recommended Fujimori pardon and expel Berenson, 28, raising expectations that the New Yorker would leave Peru after more than two years in jail. Fujimori said he had no doubt that Berenson was a "terrorist" and that freeing her would send a "negative signal."

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