No. 07-72719.

642 F.3d 1250 (2011)

Nune ANTONYAN, Petitioner, v. Eric H. HOLDER Jr., Attorney General, Respondent.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed June 29, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Peter Hosharian (argued) and Areg Kazaryan , Glendale, CA, for the petitioner.

Anna Nelson (argued) and Annette M. Wietecha , Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washrington, D.C., for the respondent.

Before: BETTY B. FLETCHER and SIDNEY R. THOMAS, Circuit Judges, and LEE H. ROSENTHAL, District Judge.


THOMAS, Circuit Judge:

In this appeal, we consider whether the whistleblowing doctrine extends to an asylum petitioner who faces retaliation from a notorious criminal who is protected by corrupt government officials. We conclude that it does, and we grant the petition for review.


Nune Antonyan left Armenia for fear that a dangerous criminal, with corrupt ties to high levels of the Armenian government, would retaliate against her...

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