LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A U.S. consular officer on Monday visited a New
York woman serving a life sentence for treason in Peru at the prison where
she recently was transferred for medical tests.
Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Lima would not comment on the consular
official's visit to Lori Berenson, citing privacy considerations, but confirmed it
had taken place.
Mary Greenfield met with Berenson for three hours, local radio station
Her parents, Mark and Rhoda Berenson, said they planned to visit their
daughter this weekend, pending approval of the visit by prison officials.
Berenson, 28, a former student at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, was convicted by a secret military tribunal in 1996 of helping
leftist rebels of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement plan a thwarted
assault on Peru's Congress.
After spending almost three years in the frigid Yanamayo prison, 12,700
above sea level in the Andes mountains, Berenson was moved Oct. 8 to the
lower-altitude Socabaya prison, outside the southern city of Arequipa, for
In Yanamayo, her cell had no glass over its window. The altitude, cold
poor food have damaged her health, her parents say.
In June, the International Red Cross said Berenson needed medical attention
for problems with her throat, liver, digestive system, hands and circulatory
Prison officials have said the length of her stay in Socabaya prison will
depend on the test results.
Copyright 1998 The Associated Press.