Sekali lagi: skandal ini juga membuktikan bahwa bahkan di Iran ada orang yang
menghargai diploma dari negeri kafir...
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
15:44 Mecca time, 12:44 GMT
News Middle East
Iran minister fired over fake Phd
Ahmadinejad, Iran's president, had defended Kordan throughout the controversy
Iran's parliament has voted to dismiss Ali Kordan, the country's interior
minister, for allegedly lying about his credentials and presenting a fake
degree from Britain's Oxford University.
The scandal has been a major embarrassment to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's
president, who has defended Kordan.
Ali Larijani, the parliament's speaker, said 188 politicians among the 247
members present voted on Tuesday to impeach Kordan while 45 were against the
motion and 14 abstained.
In a speech carried live on state radio, Larijani said: "The impeachment was
approved by parliament and he cannot be interior minister from now on."
It is the 10th change in the 21-member strong cabinet of Ahmadinejad, who had
described Kordan as a "victim" and insisted he be allowed to remain in the job.
Under Iran's constitution the entire cabinet would have to be submitted to a
new vote of confidence if half the ministers change.
Kordan had been under pressure to quit the cabinet post he took up just three
months ago after the university denied awarding him any qualification, as he
Ali Larijani, the Iranian parliament's speaker, announced the decision on
state radio [EPA]
Ebrahim Nekunam, a member of Iran's parliament, said: "A person who has to be
entrusted with the country's security has mocked parliament's trust."
Nekunam said that not only does Kordan, who worked as a university law
professor, not possess a Phd in law from Oxford, but also that he "does not
have a master's or bachelor's degree".
Kordan accused the media of launching a smear campaign against him by
portraying him as a "terrorist" and "violence-seeking person", naming Israeli
radio and unnamed Persian-speaking media based outside Iran.
He had shown the purported degree to members of parliament on August 5 but he
told the assembly on Tuesday that he would not have presented the degree if he
had doubted its validity.
But Bijan Nobaveh, another member of parliament, accused him of "still lying".
He said politicians had sought to "restore the reputation" of the Islamic
system by the impeachment as Kordan "had reduced public faith and confidence in
Kordan replaced Mostafa Pour Mohammadi, a critic of Ahmadinejad, in the key
post in one of the many cabinet reshuffles since the president took office in
The interior ministry is charged with maintaining domestic security as well as
holding elections, appointing provincial governors and issuing permits for
political parties and non-governmental organisations.
Kordan served for years as the administrative and financial vice-president of
Iran state television when it was headed by Larijani.
He has also served in Iran's oil ministry.
Kordan had asserted that the degree was issued for his "managerial and
executive experience and for submitting a thesis to Oxford University via a
person who had opened an affiliate office in Tehran in English-language
He later said he had approached the university after politicians cast doubt on
his degree, but "to my utter disbelief, the university did not confirm [the
degree] when my representative went there."
Kordan said he had pressed charges against the person who claimed to be the
university's representative in Tehran as soon as he realised his degree was
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