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UCC confirms receipt of US$1m from McKeeva Bush

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2013 | 6:57 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica-based University College of the Caribbean (UCC) is confirming that it received US$1 million from embattled former Cayman Islands Premier, McKeeva Bush.

However, it is insisting that the money was not a requirement for awarding Bush an honorary doctorate.

The UCC issued a statement to the Cayman News Service today to clarify reports that money was paid in relation to the degree that Bush was scheduled to receive at a commencement service earlier this year.

The Cayman News Service had last week reported that the police were investigating the transfer of US$1 million made to the UCC.

The statement from the school's board of directors acknowledged that the financial contribution was made to its Foundation for the establishment of a scholarship fund.

However, the UCC says it returned the money after subsequent developments, despite initially accepting.

The UCC says it will not speak further on the matter in light of the police probe.

The UCC’s chancellor, Dr Herbert Thompson has threatened the Cayman News Service with legal action and has accused the media entity of political bias.

Bush was arrested last December in his homeland on corruption allegations.


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