On Wednesday Peru’s Congress approved a bill that prevents convicted terrorists on parole from receiving permission to travel abroad.
Alberto Beingolea, head of the Congressional Judiciary Commission, said this bill would clarify a point that was already defined, but that seemed to still be interpreted by some judges.
The bill was passed two weeks after Peru’s courts allowed Lori Berenson – an American convicted on terrorism charges, and who is currently on parole – to go to the U.S. for the holidays.
Lautaro Mellado, who is currently on parole on similar charges, also received special permission to visit Chile during the holidays.
According to Andina, the Humala administration proposed the bill after the controversy that surrounded the issuing of the special permits.
The bill was approved unanimously.
During the debate on the floor, Congresswoman Martha Chavez clarified that the bill would affect current parolees and those who are convicted in the future.