Drug Trafficker, Shaheed “Roger” Khan, did not arrive in Guyana yesterday as was expected. This might have been as a result of Hurricane Dorian, says Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.

“My understanding is that there was some problem in Florida, where there was this Hurricane Dorian that created some problems with the facility in which they [person to be deported] were [in] and therefore, there had to be some movement of the persons, who were in that facility. That might have affected the timely return to Guyana,” the official said.

He told the Guyana Standard this morning that both officials at the Ministry of Public Security and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), are in contact with the United States (US) entity responsible for deportation.

Harmon said that when Khan returns, he will be dealt with just like any other person who has been deported.

“The police will take custody of the person and they would go through a period of debriefing [and] depending on what the police discovers in that [debriefing] then they would advise on the next course of action.

On July 11 of this year, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan, had told the media that the file on Khan was never closed by the GPF.

Ramjattan told media operatives that the GPF is still actively involved in the case.

“Police have continuously been doing their work on Mr Khan; the file was never left closed, and when he comes into the country, he’s obviously going to be processed…And that is as far as I can say at this stage,” Ramjattan has stated.

He continued, “As to whether the police will find charges against him, I think that will be known [in time] …But at this stage, as far I know, we don’t know about that at all.”

Khan, according to previous media reports, was released from a US prison two months ago, after spending 15 years for narcotics trafficking.

Reports indicate that in the period 2003-2006, Khan had set up a criminal network in Guyana, which was said to have included active policemen and a number of former ranks, to exact punishment on “criminals”.

He was caught in Suriname back in 2006 while he was reportedly fleeing local police, and was subsequently handed over to the U.S. authorities to face drug-trafficking charges.

The Bharrat Jagdeo-led administration had continually denied any involvement with Khan after he went public in an advertisement in the local media, claiming to be tackling crime on behalf of the regime. Khan had also implicated former Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy. Documents bearing the then minister’s signature authorising the purchase of a wire-tapping device were produced in U.S. courts during Khan’s trial.


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