Once a liar, always a liar

Gary believes that there are two kinds of people: honest people and dishonest people. A person who has tried to deceive him is a dishonest person. There is no reason for him to believe anything that a dishonest person says.
Suspicious Gary
If Gary thinks that a claimant has tried to deceive him, he will conclude that their whole story is a lie.

Ana never asked the police for help when her husband was hurting her. She knew that they would not interfere in a “family matter.” When she was writing her BOC narrative, friends told her that her claim would be much stronger if she had asked the police for help. Ana added this to her story. Gary has heard many claims like Ana’s, and he understands that the police would not have helped her. What he does not understand is why she would have bothered to ask. Gary suspects that she made up this part of her story. As a result, he now he suspects that her whole story is a lie.

Tariq was attacked by supporters of a rival political party. He has heard that the Board needs to see proof to back up his story. A man he knows creates fake newspaper articles for refugee claimants from his community. Tariq bought an article describing the attack and gave it to the Board. The article looked convincing to Tariq, but the investigators at the Board discovered that it was a fake. Now Gary thinks that Tariq’s whole story is a lie.

Monique paid smugglers to bring her to Canada. To cover their tracks, the smugglers gave her a made-up story to tell about the route that she had taken. Monique wrote this story in her BOC and told it at her hearing. Gary asked Monique many questions about her trip to Canada. He asked her how long different parts of the trip had lasted, and the names of the towns that she had passed through. When Monique could not answer these questions, Gary concluded that she was lying about how she had come to Canada. Now he feels that he cannot believe anything else that she tells him.

What might have helped Ana, Tariq and Monique?

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