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The jury in the Bernie Ebbers fraud trial have spent six days weighing up the evidence against the former WorldCom boss but still haven't managed to agree on a verdict.

Ebbers is charged with masterminding the $11bn (£5.8bn) accounting fraud that felled telecoms giant WorldCom in 2002. He denies the allegations insisting he had no knowledge of the financial trickery. He also testified that he didn't have the financial know-how to pull off such a complex fraud.

The Government's star witness, former CFO Scott Sullivan, has already pleaded guilty to his part in the fraud. But under oath he said he took his lead from Ebbers.

On Friday, the jury of seven women and five men called for a flipchart, some marker pens and a copy of Cynthia Copper's evidence. Cooper, reports Reuters, was the company's former VP of audit and the person who first uncovered the book fiddling.

The jury returns Monday to continue its deliberations. ®

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