The trial of former University College President Hassan Syed opened Thursday 2 February. He faces 12 counts, including theft totalling some half a million dollars.
He’s also defending himself against a charge that he falsely represented himself as a holder of a doctorate to government.
A jury of seven listened, while the crown counsel opened its case against the former UCCI President.
The Crown says Mr. Syed lined his own pockets with money belonging to UCCI, money to which he was not entitled.
That money, totalling more than $500,000 was used for personal expenditure, including a car and home improvements for a female friend. The twelve charges also include that Mr. Syed lied about obtaining a PhD in the field of computer science from the University of Victoria in Canada.
The crown says as it continues to lay out its case against Mr. Syed, “It will become clear that many of Mr. Syed’s actions were motivated *not by a desire to fulfill his responsibilities as president, but by a desire to live a lavish lifestyle.”
Mr. Syed had left Cayman in 2008. He was arrested on an Interpol warrant in Switzerland in January of 2014 and has been out on bail since.
He denies all charges against him.