Bucharest District 1 Court prosecutors have started a criminal probe into Robert Negoita’s doctoral thesis, after the Police Academy asked for the Ph.D. title of the Bucharest District 3 Mayor to be revoked on grounds of plagiarism, Mediafax informs.
The case was opened ex officio by prosecutors from the Public Ministry’s service for the coordination of activity in the copyright domain, from the Criminal Prosecution and Forensics Section of the General Prosecutor’s Office, judicial sources told Mediafax. Subsequently, the case was sent to the District 1 court, without the “in personam” prosecution starting.
According to the copyright law, “the person who unlawfully uses, in full or in part, another author’s work, presenting it as his/her own intellectual work, commits an offence punishable by 6 months to 4 years in prison or fine. A mutually-agreed settlement removes penal responsibility.”
On June 24, the Education Ministry announced that the National Council for the Certification of University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates (CNATDCU) had received the Police Academy’s request to revoke the Ph.D. title of Bucharest District 3 Mayor Robert Negoita, on the grounds of plagiarism.
Robert Negoita became a doctor in Juridical Sciences in 2012. The Ph.D. title was conferred by the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ Police Academy, and his doctoral thesis was titled “The economic-financial crisis and its impact on social balance.”
“I regret that in the past I allowed myself to be lured by this “fad” of academic titles”
Shortly after the plagiarism verdict was reached, Robert Negoita reacted and posted a “mea culpa” message on Facebook. The mayor, who has won a second stint at the helm of Bucharest’s District 3, nevertheless defended his political career, stating that it is based on solid grounds, unlike his academic career.
“The only thing I regret is that in the past I allowed myself to be lured by this “fad” of academic titles. It’s an episode I take responsibility for and from which I learned an important lesson: the only achievements worthy of mention are those built on a healthy foundation! I adopted this principle as a mayor but unfortunately I did not consider it from an academic perspective. That is precisely why I would respect the decision of the National Council for the Certification of University Titles, Diplomas and Certificates if it were to decide to revoke my Ph.D. title,” Robert Negoita wrote on Facebook.