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Berenson cleared to leave Peru

Three days after barring her exit, Peruvian migration officials gave U.S. parolee Lori Berenson a document Monday clearing her to leave the country with her toddler son.

Berenson, 42, was convicted in 2001 of acting as an accomplice to terrorism while aiding the leftist Tupac Amaru rebel group. Despite a court's approval, authorities prevented her from boarding a flight to New York on Friday, saying she needed an additional document.

"She called and said, 'I've got the permission to leave,' and the next step is for her to get on a plane and get here," her father, Mark Berenson, said in New York.

When paroled last year, Berenson had served three-quarters of a 20-year prison term.

"I'm just glad that they finally resolved the thing," Mark Berenson said.

Lori Berenson admits helping Tupac Amaru rent a safe house where authorities seized a cache of weapons after a shootout with the rebels. She insists she didn't know guns were stored there and says she never joined the group.

In 1996, a military court of hooded judges convicted Berenson of treason and sentenced her to life in prison. After U.S. pressure, she was later retried by a civilian court.

Mark Berenson said he went to sleep Friday night expecting to pick up his daughter and 31-month-old grandson, Salvador, the following morning. Instead, he was awakened by news that she had been blocked from returning and spent the rest of the night angry and unable to sleep.

Lori Berenson and Salvador, accompanied by two officials who appeared to be from the U.S. Embassy, spent Monday morning at Peru's main migration office in downtown Lima and left shortly after 1 p.m.

The court ruled that Berenson was not a flight risk. By law, she must remain in Peru until her full sentence lapses unless President Ollanta Humala decides to commute it.

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