Judge continues summary in Syed case

Justice Philip St. John-Stevens was continuing to recap the evidence in the Hassan Syed trial late Monday afternoon.

The judge has been summarizing the evidence in the case for the jury since Thursday afternoon. The trial, which has featured multiple witnesses and thousands of pages of agreed statements, credit card transactions and other paperwork, began with jury selection on Jan. 30.

Evidence concluded on Monday, March 1, and the jury heard closing statements from lawyers on either side last week. Once the judge concludes his summary of the evidence, the jurors will be sent out to consider the verdict.

Syed, the former president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, has denied 12 charges, including obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception, obtaining money transfers by deception and theft.

The charges relate to allegations that he lied about his doctorate to get the president’s job and then dishonestly spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the college’s money for personal use. He is also accused of falsifying invoices and dishonestly submitting time sheets to get payment from the college in connection with work to set up a Civil Service College.

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