Romania: council rules ex-PM plagiarized his doctoral thesis

AP News
Posted: Jul 27, 2016 9:12 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta will be stripped of his doctorate after a council upheld a verdict that he plagiarized his thesis.

The National Council for Attesting Titles, Diplomas and University Certificates voted 37-10 Wednesday to uphold an earlier ruling. The education minister will formally remove the doctorate.

Science magazine Nature reported in 2012 that more than half of Ponta's 432-page thesis, written in 2004 on the International Criminal Court, was plagiarized from the work of two Romanian law scholars.

Ponta denied wrongdoing, but conceded he had not always named sources in his footnotes.

Ponta resigned as prime minister in November 2015 following huge protests that broke out after a nightclub fire that killed 64.

Romanian politicians have often been accused of plagiarizing academic works.