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Professor fired for graft

PROFESSOR Ladislav Veteráni of Slovakia's Agricultural University has finally been fired nine months after allegedly taking a Sk5,000 ($120) bribe from a student to forge an exam mark.

Veteráni maintains the money was a "research contribution" from the student, but the latter, who recorded the transaction on tape, alleged it was a bribe, and that the professor had initially asked for Sk10,000 to fix the exam mark.

The university administration responded by suspending Veteráni from active teaching and restricting him to research, meaning that the professor continued to earn a full wage while other teachers picked up his classes. Officials originally said they could not do otherwise until a court delivered a final verdict, despite the apparently convincing evidence of Veteráni's guilt.

However, after a meeting of university heads on November 5, the school decided to fire the professor immediately.

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