Asylum: may a bogus Christian “convert” be returned to Iran?: MR

In MR v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2020] UKAITUR PA124772018, the anonymous appellant had left Iran illegally and had claimed asylum in 2011 on the basis of his conversion to Christianity. He had attended a Roman Catholic church on a few occasions in 2011, then attended the Victory Christian Centre – an Assemblies of God congregation – weekly from June 2017 until December 2018 (up to the date of the appeal hearing at the First-tier Tribunal). He had also attended its bible classes. He had been baptised at the Victory Christian Centre in August 2017; however, it was found as fact that he was not a genuine Christian convert and that his attendance at church and his baptism “were not in good faith but undertaken to substantiate his manufactured claim for asylum” and he would not proselytise on return to Iran [16]. Continue reading