Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh, Who Failed to Disclose Israel Terror Convictions, to Leave U.S.

Rasmea Odeh has agreed to plead guilty on April 25 in exchange for no time in prison.

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Rasmea Yousef Odeh outside the Detroit court after her sentencing.
Rasmea Yousef Odeh outside the Detroit court after her sentencing.Credit: Reuters

A Chicago Palestinian activist who didn't disclose her time in an Israeli prison when she got U.S. citizenship has agreed to plead guilty and leave the country.

Rasmea Odeh was scheduled to face a second trial in Detroit after winning an appeal of her 2014 conviction. But a member of her legal team, William Goodman, said Thursday she's agreed to plead guilty on April 25 in exchange for no time in prison.

Goodman says Odeh is 69 years old, and another trial would be "grinding" for her.

Odeh insists she didn't disclose her past because of post-traumatic stress disorder. She was convicted of two bombings in Israel in 1969 but says she was tortured into confessing. Israel released Odeh in a prisoner exchange in 1979.

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