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Feds: Don't free Arab activist convicted of bombing before Detroit immigration case sentencing

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DETROIT — Federal prosecutors in Detroit are opposing the release of a Chicago Arab activist who awaits sentencing for lying about her conviction in a fatal terrorist bombing in Israel to obtain U.S. citizenship.

Prosecutors say Rasmieh Odeh committed "serial dishonesty" for decades and can't be trusted to return to court in March. Prosecutors responded Wednesday to Odeh's request for release from jail.

PHOTO: FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Chicago is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, federal prosecutors in Detroit asked a judge not to release her from jail while she awaits sentencing in March 2015, saying she has a history of deceit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
FILE- In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, file photo, Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, of Chicago is interviewed outside federal court in Detroit, after the Palestinian immigrant was found guilty of immigration fraud for failing to disclose her conviction and imprisonment in a Jerusalem supermarket bombing that killed two people. Odeh was charged for not revealing an Israeli military court conviction for several bombings in 1969. She served 10 years before being released in a prisoner swap with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, federal prosecutors in Detroit asked a judge not to release her from jail while she awaits sentencing in March 2015, saying she has a history of deceit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

The 67-year-old runs daily operations of Chicago's Arab American Action Network. Odeh was convicted last week of intentionally failing to disclose convictions for bombings in Israel in 1969, one of which killed two people.

Israel released Odeh after 10 years in a prisoner exchange.

She answered "no" when asked about criminal history on her 2004 citizenship application. She says she believed it referred to U.S. convictions.

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