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All out for Detroit on March 12 to defend Rasmea Odeh

By staff |
January 16, 2015
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Chicago, IL – Organizers of the nationwide effort to get justice for longtime Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh are urging an all-out mobilization for Odeh’s sentencing in Detroit Federal Court on the morning of March 12. Odeh is facing deportation and up to ten years in jail on a trumped-up immigration charge.

“All of us who want justice for Rasmea need to be at the sentencing hearing. Rasmea has made great contributions to the community and the cause of Palestinian freedom. We need to stand with her,” states Hatem Abudayyeh, of the Rasmea Defense Committee.

Supporters of Rasmea Odeh are also planning a week of action in her defense, Feb. 9 – 15.

On Nov. 10, 2014 Odeh was convicted of “unlawful procurement of citizenship.” This followed a trial where Odeh’s lawyers were prevented from presenting their defense.

After the Nov. 10 conviction, Federal Prosecutor Jonathan Tukel moved to have Odeh’s bail revoked and she was jailed through mid-December. Tukel used underhanded legal maneuvers to prolong her time in jail.

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