Jury deliberates in Syed trial

The jury in the trial of former University College of the Cayman Islands president Hassan Syed was sent out at 11.37 a.m. Tuesday to deliberate its verdict.

Judge Philip St. John-Stevens finished summarizing the evidence in the case Tuesday morning and asked the two men and five women on the jury to consider their decision on each of the charges Syed faces.

Syed 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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