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Iran's Interior Minister Admits Holding Fake Oxford Degree

TEHRAN (AFP) -- Iran's Interior Minister Ali Kordan has admitted to holding a fake Oxford University degree that he thought was valid, coming clean after weeks of controversy, a newspaper has reported.

"In a letter to the president on Saturday, Ali Kordan said he had pressed charges against the person who claimed to represent Oxford University in Tehran as soon as he realized his degree was fake," the government daily "Iran" said.

Pressure has been mounting on Kordan following his appointment in August since Britain's prestigious university denied awarding him any qualification through a representative."

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UPDATE: According to RFE/RL's Radio Farda, Kordan is planning to sue the rogue issuer of the degree.

-- Luke Allnutt

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