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JD Brussels successfully appeals decision rejecting Iraqi refugee's asylum application

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Jones Day Brussels successfully represented an Iraqi asylum seeker in his appeal against the rejection of his asylum application by the Belgian Commissariat-General for Refugees. The applicant, a Sunni pharmacist from the predominantly Shia city of Basra in Southern Iraq, had received death threats from Sadrist militias because of his work for Western pharmaceutical companies, and allegedly could not avail himself of the protection of the local police, which is dominated by Shia and infiltrated by the same militias. The decision was annulled by the Aliens' Appeal Council and the case was sent back to the Commissariat. Upon reconsideration, the Commissariat reversed its earlier decision and granted the applicant refugee status.

Conseil du Contentieux des Etrangers, decision nr. 81.839 of 29 May 2012 in case 92.269/I; Commissariat Général aux Réfugiés et aux Apatrides, decision of 14 November 2012