May 15, 2015 News
Another Assistant Commissioner has been added to the list of top police officials linked to the execution of popular businessman Mohamed F. Khan.
While he was not implicated by hit man Lennox Wayne called “Two Colours”, who admitted that he had been contracted to kill Khan, the Assistant Commissioner was fingered by a well-placed source who has intricate knowledge of the investigation.
This recent disclosure points to the level of compromise in the Guyana Police Force when rogue businessmen could solicit the help of corrupt officers for a price.
Reliable sources in the Force have named the Assistant Commissioner who is said to be a close friend of the businessman who wanted Khan dead.
Wayne had named the businessman who he stated had ordered the hit on Khan. He had previously implicated another Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, who he said had been staking out a lawyer’s office on Hadfield Street, where Khan was conducting business shortly before he disappeared.
That retired Assistant Commissioner has been fingered in a number of extra-judicial activities.
Mohamed F. Khan’s dismembered body was discovered on a dam at Cummings Lodge on September 23, last, a month after he disappeared.
It’s been more than a week since investigators took a detailed statement from Wayne, who claimed to have intimate knowledge of the plot that led to the murder of Khan, last year.
To date, the police have not questioned the persons who are implicated in the murder of the businessman.
In fact the police have not even issued an official statement in response to several reports carried by this newspaper.
Wayne had fingered another Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police and a Sergeant in Khan’s murder.
According to reliable sources, Commissioner of Police Seelall Persaud is fully aware of the revelations made by the hit man, but has not yet initiated any intense action to deal with the matter, although investigators have been able to obtain telephone records that corroborate the informant’s story.
Kaieteur News understands that following the publication of an explosive statement that hit man Wayne had given, detailing the whole plan surrounding Khan’s death, investigators escorted him from his cell in the Georgetown Prison to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department where they obtained a further statement.
Wayne is currently on remand having been charged for the murder of Cosmetologist, Ashmini Harriram at Lusignan.
Crime Chief Leslie James told this newspaper yesterday that the police are investigating the matter with the same vigour that they would any other of that nature.
“This matter is a sensitive one. If we divulge too much information, persons who are of concern to us can be alerted and take necessary action. I am not trying to avoid the media, but we have to be professional in everything that we do,” the Crime Chief stated.
Wayne had identified the Police Sergeant as the person who had contracted him to kill Khan and who had given him the weapon to carry out the job.
Giving dates and locations which are consistent with information provided by Khan before his death, Wayne admitted to being part of the plot to kill Khan, but denied that he actually committed the murder.
Wayne, who admitted that he was once an informant for the police, is convinced that he is being framed for Harriram’s murder by the persons who orchestrated Mohamed F. Khan’s death, in an apparent effort to prevent him from exposing the scheme.
He decided to speak out, since he claimed that he was short changed by the persons who orchestrated the hit as well as to ensure that Khan’s family gets justice.
Wayne said he was promised $500,000 to kill Khan, but the Police Sergeant and his accomplices who had contracted him, refused to pay after the initial attempt failed.
Wayne claimed that on July 8, last year, he was contacted by the Sergeant who requested that they meet at the Tactical Services Unit Headquarters, Eve Leary.
When he got there he was told that there was a job for him…that someone wanted him to kill Mohamed F. Khan.
Wayne said that the Sergeant took him to the West Bank of Demerara and showed him where Khan was staying.
At the time Khan was not at home, so they waited several hours until he arrived, for Wayne to get a good look at his target.
They left and Wayne alone returned the next day around 06:30 hours to carry out the hit. He positioned himself on his motorcycle and waited for the opportunity which took awhile.
“I positioned myself outside the man’s home on my motorcycle and I start to trail him from when he left his house around lunch time until he reach in Georgetown,” Wayne wrote in his statement.
He claimed that he trailed Khan to a house on Barr Street, Kitty, where he stayed for a while until it became dark.
A few weeks before he disappeared, Khan himself had told this newspaper about a visit to a friend in Kitty that very day where he watched a World Cup football game.
According to Wayne, he and the Sergeant followed Khan back over to the West Bank of Demerara and when the businessman made a stop at La Grange he decided to grab his opportunity.
“When we reached La Grange, I collected the equipment (weapon) from (name of policeman) and I end up rolling and I shot the man. After I shot him, he did not fall and die, he end up running and jump in a car. I left and ride away and (name of policemen) left and go behind him (Khan) at the station,” Wayne wrote in his statement.
Khan then left Guyana and according to Wayne, that move delayed his death.
“He was to return to the station the next day, but he left and went away. If he had returned to the station, I would have finished the job when he walking out of La Grange Station, because I was to collect a higher calibre weapon to do it, but Khan never showed up,” Wayne said.
But in August, Khan did return to Guyana and Wayne was contacted again.
He was told by the Sergeant that Khan was seen at his lawyer’s office on Hadfield Street. Wayne said that he was told to stake out the lawyer’s office to see when Khan was leaving. It was around 14:00 hours that Wayne spotted the target and informed the police Sergeant.
It was on this day that he saw the Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, who was also staking out the lawyer’s office for Khan.
According to Wayne, the police Sergeant subsequently pulled up with some other persons in a heavily-tinted vehicle and they too waited for Khan to emerge.
When the businessman eventually left the lawyer’s office and boarded a taxi, the Police Sergeant and the Retired Assistant Commissioner followed him in their respective vehicles.
Wayne said that he was told to back off.
“They told me they would take care of things from here.”
He said that after Khan vanished a second time and weeks passed, he decided to ask the policeman, who had contracted him, about his payment.
“They tell me that they can’t get into trouble and I don’t have no money to get,” Wayne said in his statement.
But now that the statement is out in the public domain, Wayne has said that he is being extra careful with his dealings in the Camp Street Prison.
“The most they would try to do, to be honest, is try and get rid of me,” he added. He said that he is not worried about admitting that he did shoot Khan at La Grange.
“I never get any money for the shooting over the river, not even twenty dollar. Although Khan did not die when I shot him, I still supposed to get something. Is not me fault that he did not die. The main thing was that the man get hit, I did my part,” Wayne stated.
“All they keep telling me was, ‘man you [email protected]#k up, you [email protected]#k up.’ When I call them, the most they would do is to send a $300 top up for my phone,” he added.
He said that he is terribly upset by the way he was treated, especially since he had helped the policemen in their normal legal duties in the past.
“I used to thief and after helping the police a couple of times, they promised me they will clear my background, because every time I go for a job I getting turn down. But all they did was use me and tried to make me a gunman,” Wayne stated.
“When they charged me with the Lusignan murder, they are trying to make me look like a criminal, and they don’t know me, when in fact I was police intelligence,” he added.
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