Plagiarism suspicions on new Interior minister’s PhD thesis

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The new Interior minister Petre Tobă, who has run the Romanian Police for the past three years, is joining the list of dignitaries suspected of plagiarizing their PhD thesis.

According to Press One, over 250 pages in those 390 ones comprised by Tobă’s post-graduate dissertation are copied from other various specialist works or papers posted on the Internet, without using quotation marks or respecting the national and international quotation standards.

Asked to comment the situation, Petre Tobă said his doctoral dissertation was a practical one: “What I can guarantee is that I’ve worked at this dissertation in good faith, I made an applied work and I had the chance to enforce what I’ve studied there during the second term as general inspector of the Romanian Police.”

Petre Tobă got the doctor title in Military Sciences and Information at the Military Strategy and Security department within “Carol I” National Defense University.

According to his CV, Tobă followed doctoral classes during 2008-2011. The university says he gave his PhD exam on February 15, 2011, but on the dissertation’s cover mentions the year of 2010.

The dissertation was coordinated by the Police general quaestor Anghel Andreescu, former chief of the Guard and Protection Service and former chief commander of the Romanian Gendarmerie.

The introduction of the dissertation is identical to the one of police inspector Ionel Tucmuruz who had the same coordinator, Anghel Andreescu, and who gave his PhD exam two weeks earlier than Petre Tobă.

National Ethics Council upon the Education Ministry informed on Thursday it would probe into the alleged plagiarism case of minister Tobă in the sitting due on December 11, no matter if it receives or not a complaint in this regard.

Government spokesperson Dan Suciu also commented that if “a plagiarism verdict would be given, there is only one solution.”

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