Cesar Vallejo University of Peru announced on Thursday that an inquiry commission has concluded that the thesis of the President of Peru, Peter Castleand is original from his wife and is not plagiarism, as has been condemned by a television program.
“The commission has concluded that the thesis has contributed to originality,” said Jorge Salas, the vice chancellor for research, in a press conference with other directors of the private university.
For this reason the institution will not deprive them presidential couple He earned a master’s academic degree with a joint thesis a decade ago.
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The university announced the launch of an investigation on 3 May following a complaint by Panamericana Channel’s Sunday program “Panorama”, which claimed that Castillo and his wife, Lilia Paredes, plagiarized 54% of their thesis in 2011. had done
Castillo’s thesis includes “phraseology of common use” and “conjugations of less than eight words” in some chapters and “0% similarity” in the conclusion, according to the investigative commission.
The left-wing president denied on May 4 that he had plagiarized the thesis, but the next day the prosecutor’s office launched an ex-officio investigation against him and his wife.
“I reject the malicious allegations […] About the veracity of the master’s thesis I did more than 10 years ago,” said Castillo, who then added that “the complaint is political in tone and part of an unsustainable plan.”
There are frequent complaints against Castillo in Peru. Also this week a businessman resurrected allegations that he “frauds” to win 2021 electionsSome were dismissed by observers from the Organization of American States (OAS).
Along with Vice Chancellor Salas, the founder of Cesar Vallejo University, opposition politician Cesar Acuna was also at the press conference. He was also accused of plagiarizing a thesis in 2016 to earn his doctorate in Spain in 1997, but the case was filed by the Spanish justice system.
Castillo and his wife earned a master’s degree in education along with their thesis, which deals with educational psychology.
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The 52-year-old president, who remained in power for nine months, faced strong opposition and condemnation from radical right leaders, who presented two “presidential vacancy” (impeachment) motions against him, which failed.
“Vacancy” motions have become customary in Peru and led to the fall of President Pedro Pablo Kuzinski (right) in 2018 and Martín Vizcarra (centre) in 2020, leaving the country mired in instability.
The University of Peru concludes that President Castillo’s thesis is original