mother of Roger Khan at the Surinamese Embassy in Washington,
the torture of her son by Surinamese police in Surinam.
Minister statement's reflected the information that was currently
available to the administration, and on which the warrant for
his apprehension was based...That information, as we stand right
now, has been supported by perhaps what were uncovered at his
homes and businesses and, from our understanding…have not
really contributed to the most compelling of cases for a successful
—Head of Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Luncheon, responding
to public outcry after Home Affairs Minister,
Gail Teixeira, said that Guyana is not interested in Khan's
extradition from Surinam. June 24, 2006
The nation must thank Dr. Roger Luncheon, Head
of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), for confirming that the
PPP Government is not interested in a Khan extradition. Apparently,
the HPS thinks our home affairs minister spoke in Dutch, and we,
the public, misinterpreted her statement.
Apparently, he is confident that if Khan wants to make certain
disclosures that would benefit the public (as opposed to parties),
such statement could be made from Surinam (where torture has been
used allegedly), in timely and unaltered fashion without being
accused by some in Guyana of being views extracted under duress
etc. I suppose we are too stupid to see that the security of the
big parties is more important than the security of the public.
Yet, it is good that the HPS has admitted that we do not have
enough evidence to prosecute Mr. Roger Khan. Why did the Joint
Forces go after the man then? Why only say this now? Did the PPP
Government authorize the raid of Khan to get rid of him? In any
event, the HPS statement means that the “wanted” bulletin
issued by the Guyana Police Force was created on thin air. And
that State resource was wrongfully used against Khan, a Guyanese
citizen residing in Guyana, and others (including women and children).
The Guyana Constitution guarantees this right to exist in Guyana,
and it is protected by the principle of “ius
soli,” or the right of the soil to which Khan is
entitled by virtue of birth. Forcing Khan to flee Guyana, therefore,
is tantamount to destroying his birth certificate, which is to
say he was denied his identity as a human being, since every human
must belong to some country or territory in this world, first
registered on our birth certificate.
This is a very serious and grave human rights violation for which
the Joint Forces (and Government) must be held accountable.
I wish to acknowledge that after one calendar week since the arrest
of Khan, the Guyana police have failed to state its interest in
Khan, while the US restated its previous position. The US has
shown consistency, but not our police. This is revealing. If the
police had a legitimate reason for wanting Khan before his arrest,
that reason should exist today after this arrest. It cannot evaporate
unless it was all “thin air.”
To digress briefly, it is fashionable for the Joint Services to
refuse questions raised by the public. It is an indication of
their guarded policy towards what they wish to hide. This must
be measured against the statement made by PNCR leader, Mr. Robert
Corbin, whereby he alluded that the Government is too scared to
bring back Khan. (Before I forget, it is troubling that such is
even a decision when it is supposed to be a guarantee by virtue
Otherwise, Mr. Corbin has a valid point. But the PNCR is also
worried and this is why it welcomes the supposed “ferreting”
of Khan from Guyana. The whole “ferreting” business
points to a larger campaign at hand. Khan was not merely “ferreted”
away; he was expelled by the entire state machinery.
Yes, one man absurdly called “insignificant” by PNCR
MP Debra Backer, chased by the army and police. Ms. Backer better
hope that Khan does not speak up and really become significant
to the voters who are watching the smaller parties.