Individuals Convicted of Terrorism Prohibited from Leaving Peru

By Dialogo
January 24, 2012

The Peruvian government has enacted a law that prohibits granting judicial permission for travel abroad to individuals sentenced for terrorism offenses and on parole, according to a report in the official gazette.

In the case of parolees sentenced for terrorism offenses, “it is prohibited to lift the ban on leaving the country, even as temporary permission, and said restriction expires once the sentence imposed has been completed in full,” the legal text published in the official gazette indicates.

The law was signed by president Ollanta Humala, cabinet chief Óscar Valdés, and the president of Congress, Daniel Abugattás.

Justice Minister Juan Jiménez Mayor stated that passing the law will prevent any judge from authorizing a trip abroad by a convicted terrorist.

The bill was drafted in Congress following the controversy generated by the judicial permissions received by two convicted terrorists and parolees, Lori Berenson and Lautaro Mellado, to travel to the United States and Chile, respectively.

Berenson, a former member of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), an organization defeated during the last decade, returned to Lima after spending the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with her parents in New York.

The American national was granted permission from a judge to be absent from Peru from December 16, 2011, to January 11, 2012, but she returned on the 5th of this month.

Mellado, another MRTA member, traveled to Chile to obtain financial assistance from his family and be treated for an illness in his country. He has not yet returned.