The PNCR is maintaining that it is not possible that drug kingpin Roger Khan’s activities in Guyana would not have been known to senior officials of the Guyana government.
And the main opposition party is reiterating its position that an “independent and impartial Commission of Inquiry must now be launched into the criminal enterprise headed by Roger Khan which was responsible for the deaths of more than 200 Guyanese.”
The party in a press statement on Thursday recalled that Khan himself had publicly stated in a paid advertisement in 2006 that he worked along with the security forces to curb crime and protect the government.
According to the PNCR, “the denial of knowledge of Roger Khan is bad enough” but what the Jagdeo administration is “actively seeking to avoid is the implications of statements in court documents during the preliminary trial of Roger Khan. One of those statements point to the fact that Khan was head of the ‘phantom gang’ which killed over 200 people in Guyana.”
The PNCR also contended that while the government has responsibility for all of the activities within the boundaries of the Republic of Guyana, its officials would have the nation believe that they know nothing of Roger Khan’s activities.
“These activities were quite substantial and had the support of the Jagdeo Administration,” the PNCR maintained.
The party referred to Khan’s arrest by the security forces with specialised spy equipment and arms, including a computer which could only be acquired on the authority of the government, which has since denied granting any such permission.
The PNCR also pointed to the award of contracts to Khan by the government and noted that the president himself had signed the relevant order for him to acquire land.
Meanwhile, the party said, it had demanded that a Commission of Inquiry into the existence of the ‘phantom gang’ be set up but this was rejected by President Bharrat Jagdeo who appointed, instead, a Commission of Inquiry to determine whether the former Minister of Home Affairs Ronald Gajraj was involved with the ‘phantom gangs’, but now US court documents have proven that Khan was the head of such a gang.
The PNCR noted also that the government has said that the spy computer which was seized by the security forces and acknowledged by Dr Roger Luncheon, is still in the possession of the Commissioner of Police. In that light, the party added, it is “ludicrous that the president is now urging the Commissioner of Police to launch an immediate investigation into these allegations to determine which citizens or public officials “were involved.”