Germany 'plagiarism' minister probed

7th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

German prosecutors said Monday they were investigating former defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned last week after accusations he cheated on his doctoral thesis.

Prosecutors in Hof, southern Germany, said that they were looking into whether zu Guttenberg, 39, broke the law in connection with his dissertation, including possible copyright infringements, spokesman Reiner Laib said.

Around 100 complaints have been made against him.

His resignation last Tuesday as defence minister came after weeks of mounting pressure for him to quit from academics, the media and even political allies after large swatches of his doctoral thesis were found to be suspect.

His alma mater, Bayreuth University, withdrew his doctor title. Zu Guttenberg himself admitted "serious errors" in his work.

© 2011 AFP

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