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Businessman denies offering GYD$ millions to kill President Granger

Nizam Khan on the witness stand at the Commission of Inquiry into how effective the Guyana Police Force had investigated a report of an alleged assassination plot.

An East Bank Demerara businessman on Monday denied that he ever offered GYD$6 to GYD$7 million to a barber in the neighbourhood to kill President David Granger, but disclosed that he had lent the man money in the past.

Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into how effective the Guyana Police Force had investigated the alleged plot by Andriff Guillard, 38-year old Nizam Khan  of Diamond said the man never asked for a loan. “Guillard never come to me to borrow no six million dollar,” he told the Commission of Inquiry being presided over by Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Paul Slowe.

Khan recalled that in the past he had loaned GYD$1 million to Guillard who repaid GYD$500,000 and then they ceased communicating in 2014 until around 2016 when he (Guillard) asked him for his battery. Then, he said Guillard had asked him to borrow GYD$800,000 to start a taxi service and he would have repaid him in installments of GYD$70,000.

Guillard is on record as saying that he had asked Khan to borrow GYD$6 million, but Khan allegedly showed him a long gun and told him that he could instead get GYD$7 million if he killed the Guyanese leader. However, Khan said he did not have a long gun or ever applied for one. He said the only firearm he has is one .32 Taurus pistol.

The businessman further informed the Commission of Inquiry that he only knew that his brother owns one .45 pistol from media reports and he did not know that his sibling also owns one shotgun and one rifle.

However, Khan told the Commission of Inquiry that since their  disagreements, Guillard had been lying on him and had even reported to police that he had stolen radio sets and had even threatened to shoot him.  “I never pick up no radio set or pick up a gun. You accusing me wrongfully. You get like he, doing that to me too,” he told Attorney-at-Law, Selwyn Pieters who is representing the interest of television journalist, Travis Chase. Khan said at one time Guillard even told his brother that he was having sexual relations with his wife.

While Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud  earlier Monday said he had offered an opinion on the granting of bail to Nizam Khan on March 29, 2017 after statements had been taken and a confrontation held, the businessman said he did not know who had granted him bail. He recalled that a “police lady” told him that he was on bail. Persaud said he had also suggested to one of the investigators that Imran Khan, who was accused of disorderly behaviour at the Headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department , be released on his own  recognizance since he did not have GYD$10,000 to post cash bail.

He said his licensed pistol and firearm license were taken by police on their arrival were taken away by police on arrival at his home at Diamond, East Bank Demerara and returned to him after he was released from custody.

Nizam Khan sought to distance himself from his brother, Imran, who is a friend of Police Commissioner Persaud. Nizam said he often keeps in contact with his brother by telephone every week.

Nizam said Khan said while he had been giving a statement to investigators, he saw Imran Khan who had expressing concern that no one had been taking his report and that he had wanted to do so at the Office of Professional Responsibility.

Nizam did not know if his brother had called the Police Commissioner or the top cop had done so.

In terms of connections with the Guyana Police Force, Nizam Khan said his brother would often refer police vehicles to him to be repaired but he never handles the cost of such work.

  • Col123

    A bunch of girly men behavior

  • rudeo

    Just one pappy-show in Guyanese parlance

  • ExPPP_Man

    Bottom line Granger putting tax payers money in Slowe’s pocket for nothing. Again thieving from we Cully people ( only people who contribute to the treasury) and giving away to the black people who don’t like wuk and is a drain on the treasury.

    • powerplayer

      allow me to explain in simple words what you just said here to tell us who you are. I am going to try my dam not to jump in the latrine with you.

      I indulge in buying and selling in Guyana. I am of east indian decent. If it were not for black people buying my product with their lazy hard earned money I would be out of business.

      look at our rum shops we buy from east Indian rum shops We buy Indian produced alcohol We buy indian produced water and soda. Please go to an educated honest east indian to learn the facts of your fellow indians.

      My Indian brothers and sisters are too smart and cheap to buy from me. They buy direct from source and compete. If the lazy black people support their own and understand what people like you think of them we would be out of business.

      Look at a black man business any day of the week we do not buy from them You do not see east indian people buying from black people in numbers as they buy from their own. They are blind to your thinking.

      We use the black man for manual labor and security. Be thankful the black man that you consider lazy do not think like you

      We hustle the black politican who feels comfortable giving away the shop to us because they feel we are free handed in taking care of their needs

      My brother be careful

      • Col123

        You should have some shame for selling lousy products to my African kinfolks…If we are buying your stuff, what ever it is, why are you buying rum , water and soda from them Indians?…Why don’t you purchase rum from African Rum shops..there are many all over the place.. bloody rum sucker!…my brothers should whip your sorry east west indian azz for not patronizing their business… you would deserve it!

  • NEO1

    To all the bloggers, both pros and cons, wherever you stand with this CoI, the common facts are that President Granger is doing the right thing with the right approach to such occurrences. Guyana has long suffered from proper accountability practices. Along with poor records keeping of most events that has a national impact, be it, big or small. The culture has been infested with hearsays, rumors and will full disinformation.
    These Commission of inquiries serves helps the people of Guyana to see the level of leadership, their abilities, quality of service and what their tax dollars are paying for. Secondly, the information can be archived and use as guidance for future leader, putting proper policies in place, corrective measures academic reviews and research in the future.
    It is surprising how many just has a very selfish political view and connotation to this administration’s approach.
    “Short sightedness, harbors ignorance, therefore, the power of reasoning is defeated” Ken. O. T

    • Col123

      I am with you on that thought and open mindedness… Does this apply to the Rodney COI???…
      Why is the Rodney COI not available to the Guyanese Public?

  • Col123

    Thank you…I expected a nasty response..I appreciate it…. what is good for the goose is also good for the gander… the taste is the same in a pot anyway….

  • Col123

    It is a free press… he has every right to his comments…folks have given their lives for his right to say it…you don’t have to read it…muzzling others is for weak governments… we are not there YET!