And finally… cooked the books

Serbia’s finance minister has been urged to resign after a university revealed that he plagiarised parts of his PhD thesis.

Belgrade University, which is arguably Serbia’s most prestigious university, issued a statement which said that Sinisa Mali “literally took over texts, or entire paragraphs, from the texts of other authors without listing the names of the authors”.

The Scotsman reports that university dean Ivana Popovic told Serbia’s state broadcaster RTS, that Mr Mali’s 2013 thesis, which studied restructuring and privatization, will be annulled.

Mr Mali earned his PHD at Belgrade’s Faculty of Organisational Sciences.

Mr mali has denied the accusation.

He said: “I know I didn’t do it. Right now, I am interested in Serbia’s budget and to do the job Serbian citizens pay me for.”

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