Published only in Chronicle, June 24, 2006 and Kaieteur
News on 06/26/06. The PPP Government is trying to wash its
hands of Khan as it has done of Sash Sawh. This should not be
allowed as the PPP is seeking to consolidate its image, moving
on to another term in office while others are being persecuted,
if not killed. PPP supporters need to stand up and speak out.
Now! Khan is the only person who can enlighten the public about
the Buxton gangs, their masterminds who live among us, etc. It
would be unfortunate if Guyana allows Surinam to use Khan in a
trade with the US.]
The Government of Guyana should immediately make
amends to its outrageous statement that it is not interested in
the extradition of Mr. Khan. The Government must not try to weasel
itself from its legitimate responsibilities. It seems as if the
Government is trying to break free of Khan, and one question we
should ask is: "Should Roger Khan be Returned to Guyana"
should the Surinamese not want him? (Or, in case they decide to
trade him to the US for some deal from which Surinam is going
to benefit?) Has PPP officials made a deal and cut their "losses"
in order to rescue their own political careers and save some face?
The Government is obligated to intervene to
ensure that Mr. Roger Khan, a Guyanese national, is accorded at
the minimum, the basic rights and privileges entitled to CARICOM
nationals being prosecuted in the judicial system of Suriname.
Regardless of what our opinions are, he must be the recipient
of rights guaranteed under the democratic principles by which
all sister-CARICOM nations operate, and abide with.
The claims of this Guyanese citizen being subjected to cruel and
inhuman treatment while in the custody of Suriname police, must
be investigated immediately, and if found to be true, condemned
wholly. The Government should retain a legal team in this matter
As the Surinamese have moved from one form of charge to another,
making inconsistent statements, there is need for verification
by the Government of Guyana that what this Guyanese national is
to be tried for, is indeed based upon legitimately acquired evidence,
and not those that may have been assembled through illegal or
coercive if not tortuous means.
In our country where the very police commissioner is being made
to answer to charges of having (allegedly) planned to plant drugs
on a Guyanese national, the Government must not assume that the
police system of Surinam is a convent operated by bishops and
nuns. Further, it is well known that Guyanese nationals are not
well received in certain Caribbean territories (e.g., Barbados),
and this fact should emphasize the need for Guyana’s Foreign
Affairs Minister, Mr. Rudy Insanally, to likewise intervene.
Mr. Khan should be returned to Guyana for he is, apparently, in
possession of very critical intelligence pertaining to the very
security and future of Guyana. Until such information regarding
an alleged intended coup involving the PNC and other bodies, to
force a new government upon the people of Guyana is verified,
Mr. Khan remains of immense importance.
If the Guyana police under Commissioner Felix issued “wanted”
bulletins for legitimate reasons, and not because of the commissioner’s
personal vendetta, then the police must maintain its interest
in Mr. Khan. Therefore, it must issue an immediate statement and
if it fails to do so, the public must necessarily assert that
those bulletins were mere concoctions created under a false guise
to “ferret” (as per PNC) Mr. Khan to commit the illegal
act of trespassing into Surinamese territory, and thereafter facilitate
pre-election disturbances to benefit the aforementioned coup and
illegal government into being.
It is vital that all political parties be reminded that ours is
not the business to sacrifice their countrymen and women in order
to reap favors from external agencies (e.g., US). The PNC especially
should take note. It has gone on record in Linden that it wants
to get answers from Khan regarding alleged “phantom”
activities. Well, if the PNC is serious, it must also ask that
Khan be returned to Guyana and not be sent to the US. Only if
Khan is inside Guyana, can the PNC get its answers. If we do not
see this call, then Mr. Robert Corbin was fooling the people in
In similar light, those “civic” groups should now
reemerge and also call for Khan to be returned to Guyana; since
they have publicly demonstrated their faith in the “rule
of law” and “due process,” the public expects
a statement asking for the same rights to be accorded to Mr. Khan
in Surinam. Should they fail to do so, then the public would regard
their previous statement as bogus.
Finally, the PPP Government ought to be very careful. People are
not blind: they know well that the Joint Services are not looking
for any guns, but are doing the groundwork for something else.
The army especially is busy removing all those who may be obstacles
to a plan to remove or force the PPP Administration into a power-sharing
Any attempt to walk away from the Khan trial
may lead to a serious backlash. People are extremely angry, and