The Associated Press
June 20, 2001

Chronology of Events in Berenson Case


              Events leading up to Lori Berenson's civilian retrial for alleged involvement in the
              1995 plot by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, or MRTA, to seize Peru's
              Congress. Berenson denies all charges.

              --November 1994: Berenson arrives in Peru with Pacifico Castrellon, a Panamanian
              who she says she met by chance in an art gallery in Panama City. Castrellon would
              claim their trip was arranged by the rebels and that on their way to Peru they met
              with MRTA leader Nestor Cerpa in Ecuador.

              --August 1995: Berenson moves out of the house she rented months earlier with
              Castrellon and into an apartment in another part of Lima. Berenson continues to visit
              the house, but later denies any knowledge that hidden on the top floor were more
              than a dozen guerrillas and a stockpile of some 8,000 rounds of ammunition and
              thousands of sticks of dynamite.

              --Nov. 30, 1995: Berenson is arrested on a bus with Cerpa's wife, Nancy Gilvonio,
              after they leave Peru's Congress. Berenson contends she hired Gilvonio, whose real
              identity she did not know, as a photographer for articles she planned to write about
              Peruvian women and poverty.

              --Dec. 1, 1995: An 11-hour siege on a MRTA safehouse by security forces ends.
              Three rebels and one police officer are dead and 14 guerrillas are captured. A
              coded floor plan of Congress allegedly sketched by Berenson and a forged Peruvian
              election ID card bearing her photo are among the evidence seized.

              --Jan. 8, 1996: Berenson is presented to Peru's media. She angrily shouts, ``If it is a
              crime to worry about the subhuman conditions in which the majority of this
              population lives, then I will accept my punishment. But this is not a love of violence.
              This is not to be a criminal terrorist because there are no criminal terrorists in the
              MRTA. It is a revolutionary movement.''

              --Jan. 11, 1996: A secret military court convicts Berenson of treason and sentences
              her to life in prison without parole. During the closed trial, the judges wear masks
              and her attorney is not allowed to cross-examine witnesses.

              --Dec. 17, 1996: Thirteen Tupac Amaru rebels, led by Cerpa, storm the Japanese
              ambassador's residence during a social event and 72 hostages are held for 126
              days. Among the rebels' demands is the release of 20 imprisoned people, including
              Berenson. Cerpa and the rebels are killed during a military assault that rescues all
              but one of the hostages.

              --Aug. 28, 2000: After years of pressure from the United States, Peru's top military
              court announces it has overturned Berenson's sentence, paving the way for a new
              trial in civilian court.

              --March 20, 2001: Berenson's retrial on lesser charges of ``terrorist collaboration''
              and ``illicit association'' begins following months of procedural delays.

              --June 20, 2001: Berenson declares her innocence in a closing statement to the