As if the situation of chaos and uncertainty in Peru caused by the inability of the Government were not enough, now peter castle and his wife Lilia Paredes They have been singled out by a journalistic investigation for allegedly plagiarizing the content of their master’s theses.
The complaint made on Sunday by the journalistic program Panorama, from Panamericana TV, reveals that the president and his wife included quotes and texts from other authors without the corresponding citation in their thesis to obtain a master’s degree in Education with a mention in Educational Psychology from the César Vallejo University in 2012. The investigation details that 54% of the content of the thesis has coincidences with different authors.
Worrying findings in the master’s thesis of President Pedro Castillo and the first lady.
According to the Turnitin program, 54% would present coincidences, but it would not be the only irregularity. pic.twitter.com/1JkpPx669B
— Panorama (@PanoramaPTV) May 2, 2022
Now, the Prosecutor’s Office announces the start of an ex officio investigation against President Pedro Castillo and his wife. In his Twitter account, he pointed out that the process will be carried out for the alleged commission of the crimes of aggravated plagiarism, generic falsehood and improper collection.
In response, the Twitter account of the Presidency of Peru indicated Castillo’s position through a statement: “I deny any irregular act. The thesis work was validated with the respective educational quality standards. The investigation had an advisor and was sustained before the members of a qualifying jury who subsequently awarded me the corresponding degree”.
To defend himself, Castillo blames this complaint on the press: “Some communication media insist on tarnishing my honor and undermining the legitimacy that the Peruvian people granted me in a transparent and democratic election” and adds that “it is worrying that freedom of the press and expression lends itself to private and anti-democratic interests, building journalistic narratives, with the aim of generating political instability for this government and, consequently, for the country’s governability”.
It also points out that “the thesis document presented by the journalistic program lacks legitimacy because it does not have any record or stamp that confirms that it is official.” However, this was quickly denied by the university itself.
The UCV clarifies that the thesis delivered to the Panorama program is a reliable copy of the original that works in the Information Center of the university.
– César Vallejo University (@UCV_Peru) May 4, 2022
The Cesar Vallejo University He also reported the appointment of a commission that will be in charge of evaluating the thesis to present a report and adopt “the corresponding actions.”