Ex-terrorist seeks no jail time in US immigration case
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Ex-terrorist seeks no jail time in US immigration case

Rasmieh Odeh got 18 months for lying on immigration forms about conviction for fatal 1969 Jerusalem bombing

Rasmea Yousef Odeh, November 10, 2014. (AP/Carlos Osorio, File)
Rasmea Yousef Odeh, November 10, 2014. (AP/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT — A Chicago activist is appealing the 18-month prison sentence she was given for lying about her convictions for bombings in Israel when she sought US citizenship.

A federal judge in March also stripped Rasmieh Odeh of citizenship, meaning she’ll be deported, but she was allowed to remain free while she appealed.

Odeh’s lawyer said Tuesday’s appeal in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals asks for a sentence that includes no more time behind bars.

Odeh was convicted of two bombings in Jerusalem in 1969, including one that killed two people at a supermarket and served time in Israeli prison.

But in 2004, she answered “no” on her US citizenship application when asked about any past criminal record.

She also didn’t disclose it a decade earlier when she was granted a visa.

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