Cayman Islands former premier rejects new corruption allegations

The former premier of the Cayman Islands who faces charges in a corruption probe is denying allegations that he donated $1 million to a Caribbean university to obtain an honorary PhD.

McKeeva Bush said in a statement late Friday that he knows nothing about a donation to University College of the Caribbean in Jamaica as alleged in local media reports.

He notes that police arrested him a day before he was scheduled to travel and receive the honorary degree.

In March, authorities accused Bush of misusing a state credit card and other offenses and charged him with five counts of theft, four counts of breach of trust and two counts of misconduct in public office. He denied he did anything wrong in that case and said the investigation was politically motivated.