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Ali Kordan, fired interior minister, dies at age 51.

Ali Kordan, the interior minister booted out of office last year when it was learned his academic credentials had been phonies, died Sunday. He was 51.

His physician at Masih Daneshvari hospital, a Doctor Majidi, told state radio Kordan had been hospitalized 19 days earlier for leukemia and had later developed swine flu.

Other news outlets attributed other ailments to Kordan. PressTV said he had the multiple myeloma cancer. Mehr said he had lung and liver diseases and died of a stroke. Presidential aide Ali-Akbar Javanfekr said Kordan suffered from a form of blood cancer due to his service in the Iran-Iraq war. Rajanews said he was hospitalized with pulmonary disease and slipped into a coma when his brain began to bleed.


Kordan was named deputy oil minister in 2007 and then elevated to interior minister in August 2008. During his confirmation by the Majlis, he showed off an honorary degree from the University of Oxford. Oxford said the degree was a phony and no degree, either honorary or academic, had been issued to Kordan by the university.

Azadi University in Iran later said it had not issued Kordan the bachelor's and master's degrees that he claimed.

The public argument centered on the Oxford honorary degree, which Kordan insisted for weeks was legitimate. He refused to resign as pressure mounted and was finally fired after three months by a vote of he Majlis.
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Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Nov 27, 2009
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