Iran Impeaches Minister for Fake Oxford Degree

Key Ahmadinejad ally misspelled words on 'honorary doctorate'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2008 3:08 PM CST
Iranian Interior Minister Ali Kordan pauses as he speaks prior to a vote by members of parliament to impeach him today in Tehran.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – It turns out lying on your resume is frowned upon in Tehran, too. Iran’s parliament gave Interior Minister Ali Kordan the boot today, for posing as an honorary Oxford law graduate, the Daily Telegraph reports. Kordan’s bogus diploma is riddled with typos and misspellings, declaring Kordan “intitled” to an honorary doctorate “in order to be benefitted from its scientific privileges.”

The document bears forged signatures from three Oxford professors, but none taught law. The impeachment, which involved other charges as well, is a slap in the face for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who campaigned hard for his minister only to see the impeachment carry by a vote of 188-45. Ahmadinejad faces re-election in June, and appears to hold little authority over parliament.