Chicago activist denies deceit in immigration case

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Posted: Nov 06, 2014 1:24 PM
Chicago activist denies deceit in immigration case

DETROIT (AP) — A Chicago activist testifying in her own defense has denied lying to U.S. authorities about her conviction for bombings in Israel and says she would have disclosed it if she fully understood the questions.

Rasmieh Odeh told a Detroit jury on Thursday that she believed the citizenship application wanted information only about convictions in the U.S.

Odeh is associate director at the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She's charged with getting U.S. citizenship illegally in 2004 by answering "no" to questions about criminal history.

Odeh spent 10 years in an Israeli prison for bombings, including one that killed two people in Jerusalem in 1969.

She says she would have disclosed the information if she understood the questions and sought legal help to deal with any fallout while seeking citizenship.