Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Iran minister admits to fake uni degree

Tuesday, 30 September, 2008

Iran's interior minister has admitted that the honorary doctorate from Oxford University that he presented to parliament was a fake, Fars news agency reported.
In a letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Interior Minister Ali Kordan confirmed the certificate was a fake but claimed that he was victim of a swindle by a man who allegedly posed as a representative of the British university in Tehran.
Ahmadinejad last month ordered Kordan's doctorate to be verified and the minister himself reportedly took a lawyer to follow up the case in Oxford.
Presentation of false documents, especially in government service, is a crime punishable by a prison sentence in Iran.
It was unclear whether Kordan would keep his job or be dismissed by the president. SBS


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