This is the quite the November suprise the Saenuri Party has been holding on to against Ahn Cheol-soo if the allegations are true:
Seoul National University yesterday announced it has begun a preliminary review of plagiarism allegations against its alumnus Ahn Cheol-soo, the independent presidential candidate.
The university’s Committee on Research Integrity yesterday held a meeting and decided to launch a preliminary probe into allegations of plagiarism in five of Ahn’s academic works, including his 1988 master’s dissertation and his 1991 doctoral dissertation.
The 50-year-old presidential candidate graduated from SNU in 1986 and completed a master’s degree in physiology in 1988. He obtained his doctoral degree in medicine in 1991. After becoming a software developer, Ahn taught students at Kaist until May of last year. He also served as the dean of Seoul National University Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology until he declared his presidential bid in September this year. [Joong Ang Ilbo]
If the allegations are true than this just shows that Ahn really is a political lightweight if he thought no one would thoroughly investigate his past college papers. Considering all the past plagiarism scandals in Korea, checking Ahn’s past research papers was probably one of the first things the Saenuri operatives looked into in order to discredit him.