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Cayman Islands prepares for trial of ex-premier

September 13, 2014

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — A judge in the Cayman Islands has sworn in a seven-member jury as the government prepares for a corruption trial against a former premier who has been the islands’ longest serving politician.

McKeeva Bush faces 11 criminal charges in a trial that is scheduled to start on Monday. He lost a no-confidence vote in December 2012 and was ousted as premier after police arrested him on suspicion of misusing a government credit card, abuse of office and other charges.

Bush remains the opposition leader of the United Democratic Party. He has denied the charges and said they are politically motivated.

The British territory is the world’s sixth largest financial center and a well-known haven for mutual funds and private equity.

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