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Before LUCERO, PORFILIO, and BRORBY, Circuit Judges.

Essa Kabba, a native of Sierra Leone, entered the United States without authorization. He applied for asylum, asserting past persecution and a fear of future persecution based on his political opinion or imputed political opinion. His asylum application was also construed as a request for a restriction on removal*fn2 and for protection under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). Finding that Kabba was a credible witness, the Immigration Judge (“IJ”) determined that Kabba had established a well-founded fear of persecution and granted his asylum application. In an appeal filed by the government, the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) concluded otherwise. In the BIA’s view, Kabba was not a credible witness because he presented fraudulent documents to the IJ, and because it found omissions and inconsistencies in certain statements that Kabba made during the proceedings. On this basis, the BIA determined that Kabba was ineligible for both asylum and restriction on removal. The BIA further concluded that relief under the CAT was unwarranted because country conditions in Sierra Leone had changed such that Kabba should not fear returning. It directed the IJ to enter an order of removal against Kabba.

 
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