Iranian president Hassan Rouhani ‘plagiarised PhD thesis at Scottish university’

A Scottish university has confirmed it received a complaint that Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, plagiarised part of the thesis for the doctorate he obtained in the 1990s.

“I do not know if Mr Rouhani has engaged in plagiarism or not. What I do know is Glasgow Caledoninan is not an obvious place for a PhD in a subject dealing with Shia jurisprudence or Iranian politics,” said Kaveh Moussavi, an associate fellow at the University of Oxford.

“I do not expect any adverse consequences to flow from this episode. It would however be nice to see Mr Rouhani give a press conference in English and let the audience decide for themselves whether his English is at the PhD level.”


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