Police are refusing to hand over the remains found at Cummingslodge, East Coast Demerara, a month ago, to
relatives of missing businessman Mohamed F. Khan, although relatives are convinced that it is the businessman.
Police sources have told this newspaper that relatives of the missing businessman, some of whom have flown in from overseas, are seeking to have the remains so that they can bury it and bring some amount of closure to the situation.
The relatives have positively identified a belt and a pair of trousers that were found with the decomposed corpse.
The identification facilitated a post mortem examination on the remains on Monday.
However, police are insisting that they will rely on DNA before they could safely conclude that the remains belong to Khan.
But since the DNA process through the police might take some time before the results are obtained, relatives were advised that they could write to the Commissioner of Police seeking permission to have a private DNA test done, which will be much quicker.
In the meantime, the remains are being kept by the Lyken Funeral Parlour.
“All they (family) want is closure…but we cannot give them the remains to bury, because we have to be one hundred percent certain we are dealing with a crime here. If it turns out that it is not him, then what happens?” a source at CID Headquarters, Eve Leary reasoned.
Investigators have taken samples from Khan’s sister which they hope to match with those taken from the remains.
Meanwhile, in light of the questions that surround the positive identification of the remains, police investigations into Khan’s possible murder cannot proceed to any great length.
Khan had made some damning allegations against a former business partner and his disappearance has been linked to those claims.
He had pointed fingers at the former business partner after an attempt on his life in early July this year.
So far the police have taken statements from some of the businessman’s relatives, but have not yet detained for questioning any of the persons who Khan had claimed he had disputes with.
“We have not reached that stage as yet,” the detective told this newspaper.
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