Your staff may be too expensive to maintain if u promote them. That could be how yr HR sees it.
Personally, I feel that the FT thingy is getting outta control....it seems to be the easy way out for most MNCs these days.
there's no guarantee that a piece of paper is a passport to one's honesty.
It could be that the guys is 'forced to fake a degree' in oder to secure a job. There are many factors to take into consideration so as long as he is competent, he should be given another chance.
If ex-cons deserve a chance, why not them?