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A senior official at the United States Embassy in George-town yesterday confirmed a report that businessman, Roger Khan has been indicted by a New York grand jury on a charge of conspiracy to import cocaine into that country.

It is expected that very shortly the US authorities will write their local counterparts to have him handed over.

Stabroek News had reported in yesterday's issue that it had been reported that the businessman had been indicted but that this had not been confirmed independently. Khan's attorney Glenn Hanoman had also said that his client had not seen any official documentation on the indictment.

Yesterday the US embassy official, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the report of the indictment was accurate. Stabroek News understands that the embassy will shortly put out a fuller statement on the matter.

Contacted again yesterday on the confirmation, Khan's attorney declined to comment.

Khan has been on the run since a wanted bulletin was published by the local police for his arrest following several raids on places connected to him and the seizure of a number of items. Currently, several lawyers are battling for him in the High Court.

According to the indictment reports, Khan was charged in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 963 and 952 (a). Section 952 (a) makes it a crime to import a controlled substance into the US and Section 963 makes it a crime to conspire to do the same. Under US law, conspiring simply means to agree with at least one other person to do something that is illegal, such as importing cocaine.

Several weeks ago the local police had issued wanted bulletins for Khan, Gerald Pereira and former policemen, Paul Rodrigues and Ricardo Rodrigues. However, the four through their lawyers, Hanoman and Vic Puran, reacted to the bulletins published in the newspapers by sending a letter to the Commissioner of Police stating that they had no confidence in the police force he heads and that the police have no authority to issue wanted bulletins for anyone for questioning. Demanding an apology, the men had also told the commissioner that if the police had any evidence to charge them for any crime they could indicate this to their lawyers who would ensure that they attend court. Crime Chief Henry Greene then wrote back to the lawyers advising them that the police had the power to ask the men to go in for questioning and saying if they knew where their clients were they should turn them in or they could be held accountable.

The following day the lawyers moved to the High Court and secured an order nisi from Justice William Ramlal directing Commissioner Winston Felix to show cause why the bulletins should not be quashed. That matter is still pending.

A warrant had been issued for Khan several years ago in the US state of Vermont on an unrelated matter.

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