Oberlin Professor Sues Colleague for Defamation Over Claim of Murder Plot

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 22 2014 2:11 PM

Oberlin French Professor Sues Oberlin Arabic Professor Over Allegations of Murder Plot, Spying on Jews

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Not a lot of detail yet on this one, but a northern Ohio newspaper reports that an Oberlin professor named Ali Yedes is suing a colleague for telling others that, among other things, Yedes was plotting a murder:

An Oberlin College French professor is suing another professor after his colleague made multiple claims that he was plotting to kill another faculty member.
According to a lawsuit filed April 17 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, Ali Yedes, who started his position at Oberlin College around 2000, alleges that Samir Amin Abdellatif, in addition to the plot-to-kill claim, also alleges that Yedes brought his nephew to the United State from Tunisia for the purpose of killing a faculty member.
According to the lawsuit, Abdellatif also claims that Yedes forged or helped forge the academic credentials of another professor so that he could get a job at the college. It also stated that Abdellatif made claims that Yedes tried to bribe a teaching assistant to marry him.
The lawsuit further states that, according to Abdellatif, Yedes got involved with an inter-religious group so he could spy on Jews.
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Got all that? Jews, murder, forgery, marriage-for-hire. Much more to come on this story, presumably.

Update, April 22, 3:00 p.m.: Yedes, the plaintiff in the lawsuit described above, was named in a different lawsuit filed last month against Oberlin by a third colleague, French professor EunJung An. The lawsuit says Oberlin failed to address hostile behavior by Yedes toward An, including an incident in which Yedes "allegedly told her that in his culture, he could have the department’s chairwoman killed for postponing his tenure." An does not appear to have been the chairwoman referred to, although her suit also says that "Yedes confided in another professor that he would bring a relative over to kill An," according to the piece linked above.

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