Former university boss to face trial next year

Hassan Syed, the former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, will face trial in March next year for a string of theft and fraud charges.

Syed, who was brought back to the Cayman Islands from Switzerland in May after six years on the run, has yet to formally enter pleas to 15 charges, including theft, obtaining a pecuniary advantage and obtaining a money order by deception.

The full indictment sheet was not ready to be put to him during a brief Grand Court appearance on Friday, and the court scheduled an arraignment hearing for November. A trial date was also set for March 2 of next year, suggesting Syed plans to deny the charges.

He was released on bail with several conditions, including that he surrender his passport.

Syed is alleged to have used UCCI credit cards for personal transactions, stealing around $200,000 in total. The allegations came out of an auditor general’s report and relate to his time as president of the university between 2006 and 2008.