UK university probes Gaddafi son's thesis

2011-03-01 20:34

London - The London School of Economics (LSE) confirmed on Tuesday it was investigating claims that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam plagiarised his doctorate thesis.

The 38-year-old graduated from LSE with a masters in philosophy, policy and social value in 2003 and took a PhD in philosophy in 2008.

But it is alleged that he used a ghost writer and copied sections of his thesis, "The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions".

"LSE is aware that there are allegations of plagiarism concerning the PhD thesis of Saif Gaddafi," a spokesperson said.

"The school takes all allegations of plagiarism very seriously, and is looking into the matter in accordance with standard LSE procedures."

LSE has cut its ties with Saif, whose International Charity and Development Foundation donated £1.5m over five years to the school.

The LSE has only received £300 000 so far, but its director Howard Davies admitted on Monday he felt "embarrassed" about the ties with the Gaddafi family in the wake of the violent crackdown on the revolt in Libya.

  • Snotty - 2011-03-01 21:22

    he's a bigger crook than his crazy father

  • Mxhuma - 2011-03-01 21:39

    That is a very interesting topic for a thesis in view of the undemocratic practices of his family. And they accepted money from him: what for?

  • Gorilla - 2011-03-02 09:41

    in 2003?? They wake up now?? I suppose in the view that all was quiet in Libya and they were behaving themselves, they were prepared to accept his thesis on those grounds in 2003.

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