Shortcomings uncovered in thesis of minister Metnar

The Czech minister of defence, Lubomír Metnar, who is facing suspicions of shortcomings in academic work he produced during his student career, has said he would address the issue within a week. Metnar said he would have his thesis examined in order to ascertain the extent of the problem.

Czech Television said that Mr. Metnar failed to include references to the sources he drew on in a thesis submitted in 2004. Two ministers have resigned from the recently installed coalition government over accusations of plagiarism.

The defence minister did not rule out resignation if wrongdoing was confirmed.