Following his return to Guyana, investigators yesterday concluded their questioning of Roger Khan about his alleged involvement in the murders of political activist Ronald Waddell and boxing coach Donald Allison and he has maintained his innocence.
Khan’s attorney, Glenn Hanoman, told Sunday Stabroek yesterday afternoon that the interview process was completed and the police were awaiting legal advice which will determine the next step.
Early yesterday morning, Khan was escorted from a lock-up where he was kept to the Criminal Investigation Department at Eve Leary for questioning. He remained in police custody up to last evening.
While Hanoman did not divulge details about the interview, he said the process lasted for about an hour and was conducted “professionally”. “Video, audio recorded in my presence. The police were very cooperative,” he noted.
He explained that during questioning, a number of questions including those relating to what occurred some 15 years ago were raised.
“Of course he maintained his innocence… he said what he had to say about all the allegations and all the questions they asked but he told them that he wouldn’t want to say anything anymore after this interview. He answered as best as he could, all of the questions he was [asked]…he didn’t remain silent, he tried his best to answer the questions… Questions were relating to 15 years ago and things like that, where he was and all of that, that aren’t possible to answer,” Hanoman related.
“He indicated at the end of the interview that he won’t be willing to give any further statements afterwards. So the police have to see what they will make of that,” Hanoman added.
He said the investigators did indicate that they might want to interview Khan again. “But then he said that I already told you that I will have nothing more to say on any of these issues, that’s it,” Hanoman stated.
The attorney lamented the delay in the process of obtaining legal advice while noting that systems should be put in place for service 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Sometimes these investigations have a tendency of being prolonged. When they get legal advice, somebody intervene at DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] chambers, they said you should have ask this question, you should have asked that question and then… that is one of the reasons why he said everything that he could say and remember about that period,” Hanoman explained.
Khan arrived shortly after 11.30 pm on Friday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on an American Airlines flight from Miami.
Upon his arrival, the 47-year-old was whisked away under heavy police guard to the CID at Eve Leary, where he was processed.