LIMA, Peru -- (AP) -- Lori Berenson, an American woman serving a life
sentence for treason in a prison high in the Peruvian Andes, has been transferred to
another prison for medical tests.
Berenson, 28, of New York, was moved from Yanamayo prison 12,700 feet
above sea level to Socabaya prison in the department of Arequipa, a National
Penitentiaries Institute news release said Wednesday.
Socabaya is 5,000 feet lower than Yanamayo and its conditions are less harsh.
``She's been moved to undergo specialized medical tests, but there is nothing
seriously wrong with her health,'' penitentiary institute spokesman Henry Williams
The length of her stay ``depends on the results of the tests,'' he said.
Berenson's family says she has suffered constant health problems during
two years in Yanamayo. Her cell has no glass over its window and she must bathe
in cold water.
She has suffered from laryngitis almost constantly, her hands are swollen
boxing gloves,'' she has lost weight and several months ago her liver was swollen,
her mother, Rhoda Berenson, said in a telephone interview.
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