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'Libyan academic' helped Gaddafi son draft PhD thesis

March 6, 2011 - Tripoli

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son had reportedly plagiarised his PhD thesis at the London School of Economics, with reports saying that he had gathered "some PhD holders from Garyounis University in Benghazi in Libya to help him write his doctoral dissertation."

The Independent quoted Professor Abubakr Buera of Benghazi's Garyounis University as saying that a Libyan academic who had helped Saif Gaddafi to draft his dissertation was later rewarded with an ambassador's posting to Europe.

"I learnt that Saif gathered some PhD holders from Garyounis University in Benghazi, Libya, to help him write his doctoral dissertation. Among the people he consulted was a professor of economics who was a graduate from Germany," he said.

"His name is Dr Menesi; what gives credibility to this allegation is that Dr Menesi, who was then retired, was brought back to active service as a government bank chairman in Libya, then governor to the Central Bank in Libya, then minister of finance, and finally Libya's ambassador to Austria," Professor Buera added.

Calling Saif a "war criminal", Professor Buera urged the LSE to strip him of his doctorate, adding: "After Saif's stand and lies against the Libyan people, it should be no longer an honour for the LSE to keep him as one of its graduates; from now on, he is being looked down at by many Libyans as a war criminal."

Earlier, the LSE had launched an inquiry into the plagiarism and funding controversy.

"The university has asked Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice, to carry out an inquiry into the circumstances in which Saif was awarded a doctorate in 2008."

"The inquiry followed the resignation of the LSE's Director, Howard Davies, after revelations that, besides talking 1.5 million pounds donation from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF), the LSE had also benefited from a œ2.2m contract with Libya to train its civil servants," Professor Buera said.

Meanwhile, Tory MP for Harlow has called for the resignation of LSE's entire governing council, saying: "It is the only way the LSE can restore its name."


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