Ex-min­is­ter cleared by court

Va­len­cia’s Car­men Mon­tón ‘did not com­mit a crim­i­nal of­fence’

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By Alex Watkins THE JUDGE in­ves­ti­gat­ing ex­health min­is­ter Car­men Mon­tón over ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties to do with her Mas­ter’s de­gree has shelved the case.

Also the for­mer health coun­cil­lor in the Va­len­cia re­gion, she was ac­cused of bribery and cor­rup­tion when an anony­mous ac­cu­sa­tion was re­ceived by the court af­ter on­line news­pa­per el­diario.es pub­lished al­le­ga­tions that she had copied some of her the­sis from au­thors she had not cred­ited and did not at­tend all the classes at Rey Juan Car­los uni­ver­sity in Madrid.

Judge Car­men Ro­dríguezMedel ruled there was no ev­i­dence of any crim­i­nal of­fence, af­ter the pro­vin­cial prose­cu­tor had rec­om­mended no charges be brought

The prose­cu­tor said there was no ev­i­dence that Sra Mon­tón had not done any work, or that her marks were al­tered af­ter­wards due to an agree­ment be­tween her and the di­rec­tor of her course, Laura Nuño. Sra Mon­tón took the course in 2010-2011 when she was just a deputy for the So­cial­ist party (PSOE), at the uni­ver­sity’s pub­lic law in­sti­tute, then man­aged by En­rique Ál­varez Conde.

He has been charged by the same judge in an­other case in­ves­ti­gat­ing the Mas­ter’s de­gree of Cristina Ci­fuentes, who was pres­i­dent of the Madrid re­gional gov­ern­ment for the Par­tido Pop­u­lar (PP) but re­signed af­ter this scan­dal and a video was re­leased of her be­ing de­tained in a su­per­mar­ket for shoplift­ing. Sra Mon­tón said she had been hon­est and trans­par­ent through­out and noted she had re­nounced her right as a pub­lic of­fi­cial to be tried by a higher court.

She did not com­ment on the ev­i­dence of pla­gia­rism in her the­sis, which the prose­cu­tor noted could not be con­sid­ered a crime in these cir­cum­stances and the win­dow to pros­e­cute for copy­right in­fringe­ment had ex­pired.

“Her marks be­ing changed and val­i­dated are pro­ce­dures which have noth­ing to do with the stu­dent, for which rea­son stu­dents can­not be held re­spon­si­ble for the le­gal­ity of the pro­ce­dure by which they ob­tain their Mas­ter's,” said the prose­cu­tor.

Sra Mon­tón re­mains a na­tional deputy for the Va­len­cia re­gion. Oc­cu­pants of a Dé­nia flat were trapped in­side on Satur­day af­ter two wheelie-bins on the ground floor went up in flames. Emer­gency ser­vices were called out to the two­s­torey house on the nar­row old-town street known as the C/ Pare Pere at around 13.30. Two young women and their dog were in­doors, and fire­fight­ers or­dered them to stay put due to the risk of smoke in­hala­tion – or worse. As the road is only about three me­tres (less than 10 feet) wide, the three fire engines blocked it com­pletely for over an hour as they worked to ex­tin­guish the flames. The ground floor was left com­pletely black­ened by smoke and is likely to be in­ac­ces­si­ble for a while. But nei­ther the flames nor the smoke reached the se­cond storey, mean­ing the girls and their pet were un­harmed.

Car­men Mon­tón

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