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Anatoliy Tsirkunov; Konstantin Yakubovsky v. Eric H. Holder

January 21, 2011

ANATOLIY TSIRKUNOV; KONSTANTIN YAKUBOVSKY, PETITIONERS,
v.
ERIC H. HOLDER, JR., ATTORNEY GENERAL, RESPONDENT.



On Petition for Review of an Order of the Agency Nos. A097-907-126;A097-907-127 Board of Immigration Appeals

FILED

NOT FOR PUBLICATION

MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK U.S. COURT OF APPEALS

MEMORANDUM*fn1

Submitted January 10, 2011*fn2

Before: BEEZER, TALLMAN, and CALLAHAN, Circuit Judges.

Anatoliy Tsirkunov and Konstantin Yakubovsky, natives and citizens of Belarus, petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA") order dismissing their appeal from an immigration judge's ("IJ") decision denying their application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention

Against Torture ("CAT"). We have jurisdiction under 8 U.S.C. § 1252. We review for substantial evidence the agency's factual findings, applying the new standards governing adverse credibility determinations created by the Real ID Act. Shrestha v. Holder, 590 F.3d 1034, 1039 (9th Cir. 2010). We deny the petition for review.

The IJ found petitioners not credible for a number of reasons, including inconsistencies between their testimonies regarding their July 2004 arrests and the date they left Belarus, and Yakubovsky's inconsistent testimony regarding when he was expelled from school. Substantial evidence supports the IJ's adverse credibility determination. See id. at 1040-44 (adverse credibility determination was reasonable under the Real ID Act's "totality of the circumstances"); Chebchoub v. INS, 257 F.3d 1038, 1043 (9th Cir. 2001) (adverse credibility determination supported in part based on inconsistencies relating to the events leading up to petitioner's departure). In the absence of credible testimony, petitioners' asylum and withholding of removal claims fail. See Farah v. Ashcroft, 348 F.3d 1153, 1156 (9th Cir. 2003).

Because petitioners' CAT claim is based on the same testimony found to be not credible, and petitioners do not point to any other evidence that shows it is more likely than not they would be tortured if returned to Belarus, their CAT claim also fails. See id. at 1156-57. Petitioners' contention that the BIA erred by failing to separately analyze their CAT claim is belied by the record.

PETITION FOR REVIEW ...


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