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Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. May 26, 2006: The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy is concerned about the continuous and shocking admissions in the Guyanese media attributed to indicted Guyanese alleged drug lord, Shaheed “Roger” Khan, with regard to his complicit interference and involvement in law enforcement activities in Guyana.

On April 13, 2006 a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, New York indicted Roger Khan on charges of violating Title 21, of United States Code (USC), Section 963 (Conspiracy to import controlled substances) and Section 952 (Importation of controlled substances).

Robert Nardoza, spokesperson for US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Roslynn Manskopf, as well as the DEA, confirmed this information to CGID. The indictment, which alleges Khan imported drugs into the US between January 2001 and March 2006, was unsealed on May 3, 2006 in United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

Subsequent and consequent to the announcement and publication of the facts of the indictment, Khan through his Attorneys Glenn Hanoman and Vic Puran, made statements which have grave implications for national security. As officers of the court, the professional conduct of Khan’s attorneys is expected to comport with the canons of ethics of the court.

As such, the contents of statements purportedly made on behalf of their client should be taken at face value until proven otherwise. Therefore the declarations they have made on behalf of Khan warrants immediate police investigation and scrutiny, as well as an independent Commission of Inquiry.

Khan through his attorneys, asserts that he is “perceived by persons in the USA, the police force, the Army and the PNCR as someone who has the will and capacity to fight crime and to protect the people of Guyana against a coup d'etat.”

He also stunningly claimed that “during the crime spree in 2002, he worked closely with the crime-fighting section of the police force and provided them with assistance and information at his own expense. And confirmed that his “participation was instrumental in curbing crime during that period.”

In light of this public confession, the CGID seriously questions Khan’s role and collaboration with government officials and the notorious Black-clothes police, who together with the former Minister of Home Affairs and National Security, Ronald Gajraj, have been accused of murdering more than 400 young African-Guyanese through executions, assassinations and extra-judicial killings.

Their deaths remain unsolved and uninvestigated. The government has refused to conduct an inquiry into these wholesale killings, allegedly by “death squads.” There is evidence that government officials have ostensibly been complicit with lawless vigilantes and mercenaries, and have allegedly assembled and countenanced the operation of said “death squads.” Strangely, these “death squads” continue to operate with impunity and the protection of political functionaries, despite the best efforts of the incumbent Commissioner of Police to rid the force of those rough cops implicated in these atrocities.

Statements attributed to Khan, by his attorneys, intensifies our concerns about the government’s countenancing of serious criminal activities. The statements ascribed to Khan appear to corroborate accounts, by other individuals, of the continued existence of a dangerous and bloody group of officially sanctioned vigilantes and militias commonly known as the “phantom.”

The Institute states that it anxiously awaits the government’s and the Police’s response to Roger Khan’s declared involvement in law enforcement activities and his official or unofficial role as one “who has the will and capacity to fight crime and to protect the people of Guyana against a coup d'etat.” Does Mr. Khan have a standing Army? And if so is it with the approval of the government or the apparatchik of the ruling party?

We call on the government and police to advise the Guyanese nation of Khan’s “capacity to fight crime and to protect the people of Guyana against a coup d'etat,” as is claimed by his attorneys. CGID also calls on the government and police to also state Khan’s role in the Steve Lesniak affair, where a US Intelligence officer and diplomat was kidnapped whilst visiting Guyana.

CGID notes that the authoritative statements attributed to Khan imply the possession of arms and other military material significant enough to put down a coup d’etat, and seriously question Khan’s relationship and/or association with the ruling PPP. We contend that the thought of a private citizen maintaining a private militia is frightening to the Guyanese people and therefore warrants serious police action.

The US State Department Drug Report on Guyana dated March 2006, said “Drug traffickers appear to be gaining a significant foothold in Guyana’s timber industry. In 2005, The Guyana Forestry Commission granted a State Forest Exploratory Permit for a large tract of land in Guyana’s interior to Aurelius Inc., a company controlled by known drug trafficker Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan. Such concessions in the remote interior may allow drug traffickers to establish autonomous outposts beyond the reach of Guyanese law enforcement.”

In light of these recent and alarming developments in Guyana, we believe that the International Cricket Council should seriously review its decision to hold the 2007 World Cup Cricket in Guyana, as the malignancy of criminality and corruption seem to have found its way, in fundamental terms, into the arrangements for the infrastructural framework of the World Cup preparations in Guyana.

Consequently CGID warns all concerned that the security environment has been gravely compromised - national security and law enforcement has been delegated to mercenaries, vigilantes and death-squads, the political milieu is wholly unstable and crime and corruption, with official sanction, reign as a culture of officialdom.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The CGID is a Brooklyn-based think-tank. The views expressed here does not reflect those of Hardbeatnews or its advertisers. –