IRAN-UK: Scholarship for protest victim brings rebuke

Iran has complained to Britain's Oxford University over a scholarship programme in memory of Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman whose on-camera death during a protest earlier this year made her a global icon of Iranian opposition, writes Barry Neild on the CNN website.

In a letter to the head of the prestigious university's Queen's College, the Iranian embassy in London attacked the philosophy scholarship as "politically motivated", linking it to claims that Britain was behind violence in Iran.

Paul Madden, provost of Queen's, said the decision to name the scholarship - which is offered primarily to students of Iranian nationality or extraction - was made by the donor who funded it.
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