Monday, July 23, 2007
A US State attorney has accused the lawyer of Guyanese Roger Khan of jeopardizing the lives of persons named as potential witnesses in Khans upcoming drug trial in the united States. In a letter to US Judge Dora Irizarry, US State Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf alluded to the murder of businessman Davendra Persaud, who was gunned down in front of Palm Court in 2004, as an example of how Khan's lawyer, Robert Simels has been irresponsibly endangering the lives of many potential witnesses in the case againt Roger Khan. There is no legitimate reason for Simels to broadcast to the press in Guyana the identities of people he believes to be government witnesses or co-operators, or to conduct a public smear campaign" the letter said. In response, Judge Irizarry has issued a gag order to all counsel involved in the case. Failure to comply with the court's order would result in a finding of contempt as well as other sanctions. Khan is currently before a New York court on 18 drug trafficking charges and if convicted, faces a maximum of life imprisonment.