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Board chairman confirms: No new Penkowa probe

There will be no extra, and impartial, probe, up and above the scientific fraud inquiry into brain scientist Milena Penkowa: There will therefore be no, separate, inquiry which could shed light on the role of Rector Ralf Hemmingsen in the case. This was re-affirmed after a board meeting Wednesday

A call by 58 scientists for a separate inquiry into the Milena Penkowa fraud case has been emphatically rejected. This has been made clear by the Danish section of this new site, Universitetsavisen, in an interview with the Chairman of the Board Nils Strandberg Pedersen after a board meeting Wednesday.

The 58 scientists had otherwise recently said that they had regained hope, and their spokesman said that he was convinced the board would listen to their arguments..

»We cannot make such an inquiry. The fact of the matter is, that cases on scientific dishonesty must be heard at the Commitees for Scientific Dishonesty (UVVU). You must split the case into two parts,« he said.

Just wants to clear her name

»First, the question of dishonesty, which has to be processed in the UVVU, and second, the administrative processing of the whole case. As for the second, we have decided together with the Legal Adviser to the Danish Government (Danish: Kammeradvokaten…ed) to write up an account of the whole administrative process. This has to be sent to the authority that has oversight over us, the Ministry of Science,« he said.

The account of the legal adviser will not be made public, he said.

See the letter of the 58 scientists, calling for an impartial investigation here.

In reaction to the meeting, Milena Penkowa said to TV station DR Wednesday that she was happy with the Board’s decision. Now she »just wanted to have her name cleared,« she said.

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