Oxford said in its statement that it “has no record of Mr. Ali Kordan receiving an honorary doctorate or any other degree from the university.” It added that the three professors whose alleged signatures are on the certificate have all held posts at the university at some stage but none of them work in the field of law and none would sign degree certificates.
The alleged fake has been heavily covered in several Iranian newspapers and Web sites, and parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Monday ordered the body’s education committee to look into the degree’s authenticity.
The Tehran prosecutors office announced Wednesday that the Alef news Web site, which has carried several reports questioning the degree, has been “banned based on complaints by legal entities,” the state news agency IRNA reported. The office said the site had no work license and did not link the ban to the interior minister issue. The site could not be accessed in Iran on Wednesday.