Former Hungarian president Schmitt seeks plagiarism review

Former Hungarian president of the republic Pál Schmitt has applied for a court review of the decision by Semmelweis University to strip him of a doctorate he was awarded in 1992. The move was the final straw in a plagiarism scandal that forced Schmitt to resign as head of state on 2 April.

He also petitioned the senate of his alma mater to review its decision.

Parliament elected Schmitt, the preferred candidate of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, for a five-year term in 2010. The controversy over his academic credentials began in late 2011 when business weekly HVG tracked down a work by a Bulgarian academic that bore close resemblance to Schmitt’s thesis.