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Czech Communist lawmaker accused of thesis plagiarism

Prague, Czech Republic – Zdeněk Ondráček, an MP from the Czech Communist Party (KCSM), has been accused of plagiarizing part of his doctoral thesis at the time he was studying at Palacky University in Olomouc, Moravia.

According to reporters from Mlada Fronta Dnes, over half a dozen excerpts from his thesis, sometimes one page-long, were plagiarized from other books and students’ work he failed to cite.

Zdeněk Ondráček, who finished his doctoral studies in 2011, denied the accusations. On Facebook, the Czech Communist MP said that he had faced such allegations for several years and is now considering taking legal action.

Although assuring that his thesis, written on the topic of the pathological phenomenon of violence within families, had at the time been checked with an anti-plagiarism software, Palacky University said that the matter would once again be looked into. They should submit their conclusions within one month.

Last year, verified allegations of diploma plagiarism claimed the heads of Justice Minister Taťána Malá (ANO) and Labour Minister Petr Krčál (Social-Democrats).

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