Angolan wins U.S. asylum based on political opinion imputed to him by the Angolan government
Clients Angolan Applicant for U.S. Asylum
Jones Day represented Client K in his application for asylum based on political opinion imputed to him by the Angolan government. To prevail on his claim it was necessary to prove that the Angolan government believed that he was a member or supporter of a Cabindan separatist movement that was engaged in a protracted struggle with the Angolan government while proving that Client K was not, in fact, a member of that movement. (His membership in or active support of that group could have lead to his being inapplicable for asylum on technical grounds.
Working with Client K's friends and family in Angola, the Jones Day team was able to acquire documentation corroborating key facts in his story, including that he was interrogated by the Angolan authorities and that his former employer had been murdered after being accused of membership in the separatist group. Jones Day was also able to locate and employ an expert on Angola. The expert was able to testify as to the current conditions in Angola as well as confirm that the type of events Client K described in his testimony before the court were consistent with her knowledge of the events taking place in Angola.
After a hearing on the asylum application, the immigration judge granted Client K asylum. The government has until September 29, 2006 to file an appeal.