Fellow church-goers can give “expert evidence” on an asylum seeker’s conversion to Christianity

TF and MA v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] CSIH 58 is a recent Court of Session (Inner House) decision which addresses two key themes within the immigration and asylum sphere. Firstly, the extent to which adverse credibility findings against an appellant on the basis of one ground of appeal can be used in the refusal of a separate unrelated ground. Secondly, in cases based on religious persecution, the nature of evidence given by church witnesses, its admissibility and the weight to be attributed to it. In particular, the judgment considers the positions taken in the cases of Dorodian and SJ (Iran) on verifying that somebody has…

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