There isn’t a person that I have spoken to since Roger Khan pleaded guilty who believes the American Government will not move against key leaders in the Government of Guyana.
From the time Khan threw in the towel, it is my belief that a majority of Guyanese anticipate some kind of sanction against a few top leaders of the Guyana Government by the Department of Justice.
The basis of that supposition is that the US wanted Khan so badly that the DEA agents “renditioned” him. Then they slapped about a dozen charges on him. Then came the dénouement and it was an anti-climax.
For all the infamies, perversities and crimes that supposedly characterised his life, Khan was given a mere 15 years. So the talk wherever Guyanese are is that Khan spilled his guts and supplied information about all the actors that played a part in his empire.
And the net takes in drug pushers, high-ranking security personnel, members of the legal community (Simels who got 14 years in jail yesterday alluded to a sitting Guyanese judge in his testimony) and of course the political directorate.
This assumption is logical and down the road some powerful people who love power may end up getting what Roger Khan and Robert Simels got – imprisonment for years.
The talk about American indictments for some of the political elites has been intensified with the release yesterday of David Clarke. Four features of the Clarke release needs reflection by every Guyanese who wants to hear, knows and sees the truth about exactly who facilitated Khan in Guyana.
One is what the judge told Clarke. If he writes his memoirs, the judge said, it would make for fascinating reading given what Clarke saw and knows.
Secondly, the Department of Justice had to make the decision about not deporting Clarke. No promise could have been given to Clarke about remaining in the US unless the Justice Department was satisfied that Clarke’s information was more than valuable.
Thirdly, not only was Clarke allowed to remain in the US but his family too, meaning that the Justice Department had good reason for making that judgment – they fear that the family could be harmed in Guyana
The fourth dimension of the Clarke case involves President Jagdeo. Mr. Jagdeo publicly painted Clarke as a scoundrel, perhaps even more than that which we will avoid repeating here because the population knows how Jagdeo felt about Clarke. But it has to be a slap in the face for Jagdeo because the American Government has seen it fit to award Clarke and his family the right to stay in the US.
How is this embarrassing to Jagdeo? Because Clarke, who has been painted so badly by Jagdeo, ends up winning because the American Department of Justice concluded that what he had to tell them was so important and valuable that it earned him the right to remain in the US.
So Clarke isn’t coming back to Guyana in disgrace. Some other persons in Guyana are facing disgrace.
Let’s return to the talk after Khan confessed and bring it up to date with the talk all over Guyana and in the Diaspora about what Clarke had to say and the implications for the Guyana Government.
Here are some facts;
(1) Clarke was in charge of Operation Tourniquet in Buxton;
(2), He had an intimate association with Khan while he was stationed in Buxton;
(3) Since he would have related to Khan and Khan to him, he had to know who Khan’s associates were in the security forces and the Guyana Government. So what Clarke gave to the Americans are details, we presume similar to what Khan proffered to the district attorneys in New York, about what went on within the Roger Khan empire, who killed whom on whose behalf and who in the Guyana Government nurtured Roger Khan.
The Americans have an ocean of information about drug-trafficking, extra-judicial murders, governmental encouragement of drug traffickers and activities of the interlocking directorship of cocaine barons, state security and leaders in the Guyana Government.
Forget about the impending sentence of Peter Morgan. He is going to get a large jail term because what he gave the Americans isn’t as valuable as what Clarke delivered.
So Khan is jailed; Simels has been sentenced to 14 years; Clarke is released; and the saga has ended.
But a new story is in the making – the next move of the Americans is in the direction of the Guyana Government. Some dictators in high places with high power must be trembling in their trousers at this very moment
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