No delay of Arab activist’s trial
Detroit — A judge won’t delay the Detroit trial of an Arab-American activist who became a U.S. citizen without disclosing her convictions for bombings in Israel that killed two people.
Federal Judge Gershwin Drain also put more restrictions on Rasmieh Odeh’s defense Tuesday. Her trial starts Nov. 4.
The 66-year-old Odeh is associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She served 10 years in an Israeli prison for two Jerusalem bombings in 1969.
In 2004, Odeh answered “no” on U.S. immigration forms when asked if she’d ever been convicted or sent to prison.
Odeh says the Israeli military tortured her and she had post-traumatic stress disorder when she filled out the citizenship application decades later. The judge ruled Tuesday she can’t talk about PTSD in her defense.
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