A Ghanaian man whose own father nearly killed him for being gay has won an appeal against a court ruling refusing him asylum in the U.S.
Despite being assaulted by a mob led by his father and nearly burnt to death, a judge in the U.S refused to grant him asylum because he claimed the assault happened only once.
He appealed the decision and won.
According to the LGBT website PinkNews, the gentleman in question nearly died after a mob led his own father chased him down and tried to kill him.
Apparently he was in a relationship with another man which his father discovered and evidently was not too happy about.
He led a mob which caught his son, beat him up, doused him with petrol and threatened to behead him.
Having escaped to the U.S to seek asylum, he found another obstacle in a judge who refused to grant him his request.
His attorney Adrian Roe revealed: “The government was arguing that one [attack] does not create a significant incident, or does not constitute past persecution”, hence his client’s asylum request was denied.
But the appeals court judge rejected that argument and said the Ghanaian deserved asylum.
“[He] was threatened with death by fire or decapitation while being assaulted, doused with fuel and exposed to a cutlass. All that was left for the mob to do was to cut off his head or set him on fire.” the appeals judge said.
The case would no go back to Immigration Court for the judge to issue a new ruling on his asylum request.