Palestinian activist's US immigration fraud conviction vacated

By REUTERS
February 25, 2016 21:53

CHICAGO - A US appellate court on Thursday vacated the conviction of a Palestinian activist charged with immigration fraud for failing to tell US authorities she had been imprisoned in Israel for a 1969 supermarket bombing that killed two people.

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 68, has said her confession to the bombing was the result of severe torture by the Israeli military, including rape and electric shocks.

The 6th Circuit US Appellate Court opinion said a lower court should have allowed expert testimony that Odeh was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to torture in prison, and did not know her statements to immigration officials were false.

The appellate court said the lower court erred by excluding the testimony.


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