The panel unanimously concludes this case is suitable for decision without oral argument. See Fed.R.App.P. 34(a)(2).
Filed November 18, 2010.
Gevorg Beglaryan, Glendale, CA, pro se.
Ronald E. LeFevre, Office of the District Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, San Francisco, CA, Matthew Z. Leopold, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Environment Natural Resources Division, Washington, DC, for Respondent.
On Petition for Review of an Order of the Board of Immigration Appeals. Agency No. A079-292-564.
This disposition is not appropriate for publication and is not precedent except as provided by 9th Cir. R. 36-3.
We deny Beglaryan's petition for review.
1. The inconsistency between Beglaryan's oral testimony and his written declaration with regard to his stated political affiliation undermines his credibility. This discrepancy, which Beglaryan did not adequately explain, goes to the heart of Beglaryan's claim that he suffered persecution as a result of his work to expose human trafficking with the help of his political party. This unexplained discrepancy supports the Immigration Judge's (IJ) adverse credibility finding.
2. At his hearing before the IJ, Beglaryan appeared slow to recall a crucial en-counter with the Armenian military, undercutting the plausibility of his testimony. Only after his counsel's repeated questioning did Beglaryan finally recount a dramatic incident involving a TV appearance cut short by military intervention. This hesitation also casts doubt on Beglaryan's credibility and supports the adverse credibility finding.
3. The IJ's finding that Beglaryan's testimony conflicted with the State Department Country Report was not supported by substantial evidence. The Country Report's short description of a single attempt by the Armenian government to prosecute human trafficking offenders does not imply that Armenian prosecutorial authorities uniformly support efforts to end human trafficking. Thus the Country Report does not undermine Beglaryan's testimony.
Given the inconsistency between Beglaryan's oral and written statements of political party affiliation, as well as the manner in which he surfaced the television station incident, we conclude that the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals to affirm the IJ's denial of relief was supportedby substantial evidence. See Wang v. INS, 352 F.3d 1250, 1259 (9th Cir. 2003).