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Immigration: Asylum-Political Persecution-Credibility of Testimony

The Board of Immigration Appeals denied petitioner’s asylum application after an immigration judge found petitioner’s allegations of political persecution by Cameroonian officials and statements to U.S. consular officials regarding his family situation to be not credible. The BIA further concluded petitioner had failed to establish a well-founded fear of future persecution or the likelihood he would be tortured if returned to Cameroon.

Where minor detentions and beatings did not rise to the level of political persecution and where petitioner could not show a fear of future persecution after neutral observers concluded petitioner’s group was not subject to persecution, petitioner’s asylum application was correctly denied.

Judgment is affirmed.

Njong v. Whitaker (MLW No. 72532/Case No. 17-3460 – 8 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, Kelly, J.) Appealed from Board of Immigration Appeals (Patrick A. Uke for petitioner) (Rachel L. Browning for respondent)