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Judge denies Arab activist’s motion for new trial

Associated Press

Detroit — A judge in Detroit has denied an Arab community activist’s request for a new trial.

U.S. District Judge Gershwin Drain said in a ruling last week that Rasmieh Odeh’s argument for a new trial lacked legal authority.

He also ruled that evidence established Odeh illegally obtained naturalization as a U.S. citizen when she failed to tell immigration officials about her conviction for bombings that killed two people in 1969 in Jerusalem.

The 67-year-old Odeh of Chicago has said she was tortured into confessing to the crimes.

Israel released her in 1979 as part of a prisoner exchange. Odeh entered the U.S. in 1995 and applied for citizenship in Detroit in 2004.

She was convicted last year and is free on bond. Odeh’s sentencing is March 12. She faces likely deportation.