A report says that Rafsanjani’s son, Mehdi Rafsanjani, is being investigated after claims that his successful doctoral thesis proposal was written with the help of others The report adds: “Mehdi Rafsanjani, a former head of Iran’s state-owned gas company, began a five-year DPhil course in the Iranian constitution at Oxford University, the faculty of oriental studies in October. An Oxford academic has complained that the university’s usual high standards have been “subverted” with the help of university insiders to allow Rafsanjani to study … The disclosure of the inquiry comes amid intense scrutiny of universities and their relationships with the children of prominent figures from the Middle East. … Sir Howard Davies stood down as director of the London School of Economics earlier this month following claims that it had become too close to Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif, and the Libyan regime and too reliant on their funds. Recently, some Iranians claimed that Rafsanjani, is an associate of Saif Gaddafi … Also being investigate are allegations that Rafsanjani’s English is not good enough to compose a DPhil at Oxford and that he has failed to live within 12 miles of Oxford city centre … Kaveh Moussavi, an associate fellow at the centre for socio-legal studies at the university and head of public interest law, who is originally from Iran, claimed that Rafsanjani has been helped by university insiders to complete his application. This had angered him, he said, because a more deserving candidate would have lost out. “I have no doubt that the normal criteria on submissions have been subverted and that there are far, far more qualified candidates for a DPhil than [Rafsanjani],” said Moussavi … At the centre of the inquiry is the synopsis of Rafsanjani’s proposed thesis which was assessed in January 2010 by two senior academics attached to the faculty of oriental studies. Dr Homa Katouzian, an expert in modern Iranian history, said the synopsis read well, but he did not realise that the application had come from Rafsanjani’s son because it had been written using his alternative name Bahramani . The other assessor, Prof Edmund Herzig, declined to comment and referred the Guardian to Oxford’s press office … Rafsanjani has been sent a lengthy email outlining the allegations that have been levelled at him, but declined to comment on them before publication. Instead, he wrote in an email: “As you’re aware, my application has been accepted at Oxford University where I have been studying for the past few months. Should you need more clarifications … I recommend that you contact the university’s press office.”
This is what we say about Mullah Mafia . Oxford University is so notorious in Iran. Many of regime’s authorities have a fake or real Oxford’s degree. Oxford University and other famous universities in the UK and the US, are disgraced themselves by working with Mullah Mafia and the corrupt political authorities. Shame on them all.