CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Aug. 3, 2009: Shaheed `Roger` Khan, the Guyanese-born self-confessed drug dealer, is set to be sentenced for his crimes later this fall.
Khan, according to court records accessed by CaribWorldNews, is scheduled for sentencing on November 6, 2009 at 11 a.m.
This comes on the heels of the July 30th pre-sentence report received by the judge in the case along with sentencing recommendations sent to counsel.
On March 16, Khan changed his plea to guilty and admitted to 18 counts of drug-possession and drug-distribution charges, which alleged that he imported, conspired to import and distribute, and possessed cocaine for the purpose of distribution on a number of dates between 2001 and 2006.
He was also charged for being part of an international distribution conspiracy. Khan has remained in federal detention since his 2006 arrest by agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency on a charge of masterminding large shipments of illegal drugs to the U.S.
Khan had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but later changed his plea under a plea agreement worked out with prosecutors.
Meanwhile, bombshell allegations linking Khan to the ruling Peoples Progressive Party Civic continue to be disclosed by a former Khan employee and U.S. government witness in the case against Khan`s former lawyer, Robert Simels.
Selwyn Vaughn admitted under oath in the Brooklyn court that Guyana`s Minister of Health, Leslie Ramsammy, met with Khan to discuss the Buxton Gang.
Ramsammy, in Guyana, has vehemently denied that he has ever had any contact with Khan and called the testimony, `nonsense.`
While the Alliance For Change Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, in a Stabroek New interview, called for a full inquiry by an independent international tribunal into the government`s involvement with confessed drug trafficker Roger Khan.
Ramjattan is adamant that Simels` trial has provided `cogent, convincing and compelling` evidence of an alleged link between the government and Khan.
His comments come as The New York-based, Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy called on Guyana`s President, Bharrat Jagdeo and Health Minister Ramsammy to step down.
`The evidence has proven both Mr. Jagdeo and Dr. Ramsammy to be chronic liars who have breached the public trust,` said CGID in a statement. `We call on them both to resign forthwith.`
The group added that the President and Minister `are crooks who are alleged accessories to murder, and who allegedly countenanced the killing of hundreds of Guyanese citizens.`
CGID also harshly called for Jagdeo, Ramsammy and other accomplices to be hauled to the International Criminal Court in The Hague and prosecuted for `crimes against humanity.`
`They deserve to be thrown in jail like other international criminals such as Slobodan Milosevic, Manuel Noriega and Charles Taylor, Jr.,` the CGID statement said.