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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Hungarian ex-president's plagiarism case closed

Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Former Hungarian President Pal Schmitt hopes to continue working in the Olympic movement despite a plagiarism scandal.

Schmitt resigned as Hungarian president last year after a university panel found that most of his doctoral thesis about the modern Olympics had been copied from other authors.

Schmitt, an IOC member since 1983, said in a statement Thursday that he had acted in good faith and was unaware at the time that his 1992 thesis did not meet academic standards.

A special committee at Semmelweis University said Wednesday it had completed its review of Schmitt's case and found that his thesis did not meet the necessary requirements in form or content. The committee also criticized the then-independent Hungarian University of Physical Education for having accepted Schmitt's submission, calling that step illegal and unethical.