Father says Lori Berenson was sexually abused
Berenson, 32, was convicted of collaborating with leftist rebels and is
a 20-year prison term.
Mark Berenson told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from New
City that his daughter had described a violent transfer last week in a brief
conversation from her new prison in Cajamarca, some 350 miles (563 kilometers)
north of Lima.
"She is angered at the sexual abuse, the touching of her genitals and the
the father said Wednesday.
His daughter said guards had rushed into her prison wing lobbing tear gas
beating several other inmates before whisking her away, he said.
The director of the Chorrillos women's prison in Lima, police Col. Ruben
Vega, said guards had used tear gas after prisoners blocked the entrance to their
cellblock with three tables and a bench.
De la Vega said Berenson had not fought the guards, but had refused to
submit to a
medical exam before her transfer.
Peru's Justice Ministry said that Berenson had been moved to the Cajamarca
for refusing to cooperate in rehabilitation programs and also, for security reasons.
The ministry denied allegations of "any grave injury" during the move,
referring to sexual abuse.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.