Tuesday, August 8, 2006
The US government was granted 45 more days to prepare its case against Guyanese businessman, Roger Khan who is currently facing a charge of conspiracy to import cocaine into the US.
Khan appeared Friday in a Brooklyn Court before US Judge Dora Irizarry dressed in a bright orange prisoner jumpsuit. As he entered, his relatives waved to him and he acknowledged them with a nod of his head and a wave.
According to reports out of New York Assistant US Attorney, Paige Petersen told the court that the case against Khan was a complex one. She mentioned that there are already motions filed in a New York court for the state to withdraw the indictment among other things. Attorneys-at-law Robert Simels and John Bergendahl appearing for Khan agreed with Petersen saying that there was a motion asking for the indictment to be dismissed.
Also in court was Khan's Trinidad based Guyanese lawyer, Odai Ramischand. Ramischand is currently preparing a motion in Trinidad and Tobago challenging the US arrest of Khan in the Twin-Island Republic in late June.
Khan, who had evaded Guyana's police after a wanted bulletin was published for him, was arrested in Suriname on June 15 along with three of his bodyguards and nine Surinamese nationals during a huge drug bust. He was deported from the country on June 29 after Surinamese authorities suddenly withdrew all the charges they had against him. However controversy swirled on that day as Khan was put on a Suriname Airways flight from Paramaribo and sent to Trinidad and Tobago where he was not permitted to transit. He was detained by US agents on a provisional arrest warrant which had been issued by a New York judge. He was then flown to Miami and then to New York.