News from Lori's Parents

17 October 2000

This is day 1,784 of Lori's wrongful incarceration in Perú

In this update:

Welcome new supporters

We have been overwhelmed with emails from new supporters following the August 30 Oprah show. There were so many that we have not yet answered them all individually. We are very grateful for your messages of support and your concern for Lori and for us.

CBS "48 Hours" to show recent interview with Lori

Unless an unforseen world event preempts, the CBS program "48 Hours" is scheduling a segment on Lori to be shown this Thursday evening, October 19, at 8 p.m. in the east (check your local TV schedule for time).

The segment will include a recent totally unexpected interview with Lori at the prison.

Rhoda's book about Lori is now in print

Rhoda's book "Lori: My Daughter, Wrongfully Imprisoned in Perú" is now in print and currently being shipped to bookstores. It should be available by Thursday in Waldenbooks, Borders, and at Amazon.Com. Barnes and Noble as well as various independent book stores will have them in stock by the end of the month. If you wish to purchase the book but your bookstore or the dot.coms say the book is not yet available, please place an order.

Several supporters have asked about purchasing large quantities of books as potential gifts for friends and relatives. A discount will be given by the publisher, Context Books, for orders of 25 copies or more. For such large orders only, contact Beau Friedlander, Context Books: Telephone: 212-233-4880; Fax: 212-964-1810; or email:

O.A.S. Inter-American Human Rights Commission hearing

On Friday, Lori's U.S. attorneys presented arguments that Lori's current "show trial" is lacking in due process and subjects her to double jeopardy and argued that Lori must be released. A team of Peruvian lawyers were present to defend their government's judicial process. The Inter-American Human Rights Commission has already ruled, in previous cases against Perú, that terrorism trials in civilian courts do not meet the O.A.S. standards of due process and that a second trial in the civilian courts following a vindication in the military tribunals constitutes double jeopardy. Of particular concern is the tendency of the Peruvian judicial system to assume the defendant is guilty rather than considered innocent until proven guilty as specified in the American Convention on Human Rights to which Perú is signatory.

Although we hope that the Commission will act on this quickly, unfortunately the process in the Commission and, perhaps later in the Inter-American Court, can be a slow one.


Please check the website at for latest newspaper articles and action updates.

Once again, thank you for your support.

- Rhoda and Mark Berenson