Djadjou v. Holder, No. 10-1889

Decided Dec 5, 2011

Pulcherie Tekeu Djadjou, a native and citizen of Cameroon, applied for asylum and withholding of removal under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). The Immigration Judge denied all forms of relief and the Board of Immigration Appeals affirmed. Djadjou asserts that the agency erred in making an adverse credibility determination and alternatively, independent evidence exists to establish past persecution. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the adverse credibility determination based on inconsistencies and deficiencies in Djadjou’s evidence and agreed that Djadjou failed to provide sufficient independent evidence establishing past persecution, and denied Djadjou’s petition for review. Judge Wynn dissented on the grounds that the Immigration Judge rejected independent, documentary evidence that established past persecution without specific, cogent reasons for the rejection as required by Kourouma v. Holder.

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-Sara I. Salehi

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