Al­leged as­sas­si­na­tion plot noth­ing more than con­cocted re­venge story CoI hears

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the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry (CoI) into the al­leged plot to as­sas­si­nate Pres­i­dent David Granger con­tin­ues, it has been re­vealed that the man (An­drif Gil­lard) who re­ported to po­lice that busi­ness­man, Nizam Khan,l was the mas­ter­mind be­hind the as­sas­si­na­tion claims, may have con­cocted the story in an act of re­venge.

At Wed­nes­day’s CoI hear­ing, De­tec­tive Cor­po­ral Jer­maine Laun­dry – on in­struc­tions from Ian Chang, At­tor­ney at Law for the Guyana Po­lice Force (GPF)read a state­ment which was taken from Gil­lard’s for­mer land­lord, Luanna Walker on July 19, 2017.

The woman’s six paged state­ment ex­plained that at one time, Gil­lard op­er­ated a taxi ser­vice on a plot of land which was not his.

She said, Gil­lard com­plained to her that his friend, Nizam Khan, had as­sisted the owner of the prop­erty in their court case- which re­sulted in them win­ning- with the in­ten­tion of buy­ing that very land for his [Khan’s] own use.

Gil­lard’s for­mer land­lord said that his anger to­wards Khan re­sulted in him ex­press­ing his de­sire to frame him [Khan] in such a way that peo­ple would be in­clined to believe him [An­driff] since the duo were such good friends.

“I then told An­driff not to do that [and asked] if is not Nizam [who] helped him with his busi­ness? I tell him don’t do that,” Laun­dry read in the woman’s state­ment.

She woman’s state­ment said that due to her close re­la­tion­ship with Gil­lard’s re­puted wife, at one time, when the cou­ple were hav­ing per­sonal prob­lems, she [Gil­lard’s re­puted wife] had dis­closed that her re­puted hus­band was mak­ing prepa­ra­tions to “do some­thing” to Khan.

The for­mer land­lord-who claimed she once rented a busi­ness on her prop­erty to Gil­lard but was forced to have him evicted- due to the non­pay­ment of rent- said she first learnt that the man had went ahead with the scheme against Khan from Face­book posts and a me­dia re­port on tele­vi­sion.

On March 29, An­driff Gil­lard re­ported that his neigh­bour Nizam Khan of­fered him $7M to kill Pres­i­dent David Granger. In June, Pres­i­dent Granger de­cided to launch a CoI into the al­leged plot to as­sas­si­nate him and named Paul Slowe as Chair­man of the Com­mis­sion.

In­spec­tor Prem Narine, last week tes­ti­fied that he re­ceived a call from Com­mis­sioner See­lall Per­saud in­struct­ing him to place Nizam, his brother Im­ran, and Gil­lard on bail. Im­ran and Gil­lard were ar­rested on the same night al­legedly for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour and threat­en­ing lan­guage re­spec­tively.

Narine told the Com­mis­sion that, had it not been for Per­saud’s in­ter­ven­tion, he would not have sent the Khan brothers away.

Com­mis­sioner Per­saud who sub­se­quently took the stand, ex­plained that he had re­ceived a call from Im­ran Khan in­form­ing him that he had been placed on $20,000 bail for dis­or­derly be­hav­iour, but he had no money to pay the bail.

He said the Guyana Po­lice Force has a pol­icy to not hold any­one for longer than nec­es­sary, and not for mi­nor of­fences like the one Im­ran was charged for, the Force pro­cesses and re­leases on bail at the ear­li­est time pos­si­ble.

“I was mak­ing a sug­ges­tion; I was giv­ing an opin­ion. It wasn’t my in­ten­tion to en­sure he [Nizam Khan] go on bail. I had a con­cern with how the pol­icy of the Force was be­ing im­ple­mented,” he told the CoI.

Per­saud re­vealed that, dur­ing a cell­phone call, he sug­gested that Im­ran Khan be sent on his own recog­ni­sance and Nizam Khan be placed on bail. How­ever, he said, had that course of ac­tion been taken, he would have been breach­ing a pol­icy of the Force and he would have been dis­ci­plined.

Per­saud said his friend­ship with Im­ran Khan does not ex­tend into any busi­ness re­la­tions, and for the record, he has no pri­vate or joint busi­ness ven­tures with Khan.

The Com­mis­sioner also sought to dis­credit talks that a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter had not been done.

Mean­while, At­tor­ney at Law, Christo­pher Ram has in­vited Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter, Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan to take the stand.

The re­quest was made on Wed­nes­day by busi­ness­man, Im­ran Khan’s at­tor­ney who noted that Ram­jat­tan’s tes­ti­mony would be per­ti­nent to the CoI as he is re­spon­si­ble for the Guyana Po­lice Force.

The fi­nal re­port of the COI is ex­pected to be handed over to the Pres­i­dent on Au­gust 18.

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