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Plagiarism Hunters Pursue Deputy Speaker of European Parliament

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TEHRAN, April 15 (ICANA) – A deputy speaker of the European Parliament, Silvana Koch-Mehrin of Germany, was accused Tuesday of copying part of her doctoral dissertation by a web network of plagiarism hunters.
Friday, April 15, 2011 12:46:51 PM
Plagiarism Hunters Pursue Deputy Speaker of European Parliament

Koch-Mehrin is a supporter of German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who was recently ousted from his leadership of Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP). She was one of 14 vice-presidents elected by the Strasbourg-based parliament in July 2009, dpa reported.

A cooperative website, the VroniPlag-Wiki, said it had detected 20 pages of her thesis that were copied almost word for word from other books and articles without due acknowledgement.

Many of the Wiki members worked on a similar investigation in February that led to the resignation of German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. His alma mater stripped him of his doctor of laws degree after deciding key parts of his thesis were copied.

Koch Mehrin obtained a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Heidelberg with a 2000 thesis on an 1865-1927 single currency area. The university said it was checking the allegations and a faculty council would discuss them Wednesday.

Koch-Mehrin did not comment.

Through his lawyer, Guttenberg has, meanwhile, been opposing the publication of a report by the University of Bayreuth on his misdeeds. The lawyer said its release would violate his privacy.

The university said Tuesday that Guttenberg had until April 26 to request changes in the report from the currently secret inquiry. It called on him to consent to its publication after that.

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