Rasa Karapandza, professor at the EBS School of Business in Wiesbaden, has said that the only outcome of the publication of his analysis of Minister of Finance Sinisa Mali’s doctoral thesis five and half years ago are threats he has been receiving on a daily basis along with a request for his dismissal sent, according to him, by Ana Brnabic’s government, to the German university he works for.
“There is this terrible campaign of lies and un-truths supported by the media under state control in order to discredit me and convince the voters that plagiarism isn’t such a big deal, and that one doesn’t even need a PhD for a ministerial position,” writes Karapandza in an article for the latest issue of weekly NIN.
He adds that even if he weren’t “a university professor but a Mexican drug cartel boss, or, God forbid, former information minister in the government of Slobodan Milosevic, during whose rule journalists were executed – would any of this in any way lessen Mali’s transgression?”
“Does this media campaign full of lies, make the 70 percent of pages or more that Sinisa Mali had simply copied to the letter in his thesis any less fake,” asks Karapandza.
He recalled that he had written before about the case of German Defense Minister Zu Guttenberg, whose doctorate was revoke only 12 days after it was discovered it was plagiarized, and mentioned the case of Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwe’s president, who had her doctorate revoked after four years, but whose husband, according to Karapandza, never made threatening calls from New York to the professors who uncovered the deception calling them “haters of Serbs and Serbia.”
“Alas, after these five and a half years, it’s become rather obvious to me that as a country we can’t measure up to Germany, not even Zimbabwe. As a society, we are well behind them; perhaps, we’re not even in competing in the same category,” Karapandza concluded.