Hungary’s radical nationalist Jobbik party has called for a parliamentary committee to be set up to investigate plagiarism allegations over President Pal Schmitt’s doctoral thesis.
Dora Duro, spokeswoman and lawmaker for Jobbik, told a press conference on Thursday that the parliamentary committee could work alongside and in cooperation with the five-member body Semmelweis University had set up to look into the allegations. She added that the president’s statements in connection with the allegations have “smacked of lying”, as his arguments had been refuted on several counts. The lawmaker added the committee should also investigate the political consequences.
Hungary’s Semmelweis University, to which Schmitt’s alma mater Sports University (TE) now belongs, said on Wednesday it had set up a five-member fact-finding committee to investigate the allegations that Schmitt’s thesis was not an original work. The committee has both external and internal members, experts in linguistics, law, sports and social sciences. The team is expected to complete a report by March 28.
Schmitt has earlier rejected the allegations and said he was ready to face an investigation.
Press reports have suggested that Schmitt in his doctoral thesis written at the Budapest Sports University (TE) in 1992 lifted over a hundred pages of text word for word from a French work by Bulgarian sports scientist Nikolay Georgiev.