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Guttenberg escapes Bundestag probe

The Local · 13 Apr 2011, 08:44

Published: 13 Apr 2011 08:44 GMT+02:00

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Bundestag President Norbert Lammert’s spokesman, Guido Heinen, told daily Der Tagesspiegel’s Wednesday edition that Lammert had consulted the parliament’s “Council of Elders” and concluded there “was no need” to lodge a legal complaint.

Guttenberg still faces legal scrutiny however: an alleged victim of his plagiarism is lodging a legal complaint against him, daily Berliner Zeitung reported late on Tuesday.

Guttenberg stands accused of misusing material from - among others - the Bundestag’s Research Services, an office that provides MPs with specialist information, analysis and expert opinions. As the copyright holder of the services’ work, the Bundestag has the right to pursue breaches.

Guttenberg resigned at the beginning of March in the wake of accusations he plagiarized large sections of the doctoral thesis.

Lammert had previously been outspoken in his criticism of Guttenberg, describing the plagiarism affair as “a nail in the coffin of trust in democracy.”

Despite having resigned, Guttenberg still faces intense pressure over the affair. Members of his own Christian Social Union party – the Bavarian conservatives – have publicly aired their annoyance at reports that he tried through his lawyers to block his former university, the University of Bayreuth, from publishing the findings of its investigation into the accusations.

“Karl-Theodor should, constructively and without legal maneuvering, co-operate in a full statement about all of the accusations,” former party chairman Erwin Huber told Der Spiegel. “He owes that to his friends and supporters as well.”

On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Guttenberg to make a full statement on the affair.

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Daily Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that the University of Bayreuth has already reached the conclusion that Guttenberg knowingly cheated by copying sections of work from other authors.

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09:32 April 13, 2011 by Krim
The FDP has also a plagiarist by the name of "Dr". Silvana Koch-Mehrin. See Spiegel online
12:23 April 13, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
This sounds fixed.

Guttenberg's old boys networks are still busy pulling strings behind closed doors. First the Bavarian state prosecutors say they believe there is no "public interest" in the matter, then Guttenberg's lawyers pressure the University of Bayreuth to keep its report in the drawer, and now they got the Bundestag to play ball and not pursue the matter any further.

I said it yesterday and I say it again today - Guttenberg proves more and more to be the two-bit crook that he always was. Not content with spending seven years plagiarizing other people's intellectual property, he is now disgracing public and democratic institutions just to save his own bacon.

This man needs to stay out of politics and never come back, he is a danger to democracy itself.
11:25 April 14, 2011 by gordoncasper
What they all seem at failure to realize is that when one gets as high up in national government as zu Gutti, they become an icon of all things right and wrong with power. The Germans, who remain so eager to point out the oberflaechlichkeit, the mafiosi-style management, and the degeneration of other governments, may need to provide a different and better example to the world vs. using false equivaliency and globalizing to deflect from their particular weaknesses, as post-war social mores have allowed them to do.

This IS German power, and this is how it operates.
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