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Peru Vows to Keep US Woman in Prison

Peruvian officials say they will not free a U.S. woman serving a 20-year sentence for terrorist collaboration, even if a regional human rights court orders her release.

Foreign Minister Manuel Rodriguez said Saturday if the Inter-American Court of Human Rights orders Lori Berenson's release, Peru would refuse.

The Costa Rica-based court is set to discuss the case this coming week.

Berenson was arrested in 1995 and accused of involvement in a failed attempt by the rebel Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement to seize Peru's Congress.

A military court initially convicted and sentenced Berenson to life in prison for treason.

That sentence was overturned and she was re-tried by a civilian court. She was acquitted of being an active member of the rebel group but convicted of helping the guerrillas plan the attack on the Congress.

Berenson has maintained her innocence.

Some information for thi report provided by Reuters and AP.