CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 7, 2009: The attorney for self-confessed Guyana–born drug lord, Shaheed `Roger` Khan, wants an earlier sentence date for his client.
Attorney Diarmuid White yesterday wrote to Judge Dora L. Irizarry requesting a September sentencing date instead of the November 6, 2009 date approved earlier this week.
Khan pled guilty on March 16, 2009. White argued that the presentence report was received on July 30 and after reading it, Khan is making no objections to the report.
`Consequently, there appears to be no reason to wait three months for sentencing,` wrote White. `It is the hope of Mr. Khan, who has long been housed at the MCC, that he will be sentenced in the near future so that he may be designated and transferred to another institution. `
Khan has been jailed in the U.S. since June 2006 following his arrest in transit from Trinidad. His request for an early sentencing comes amidst bombshell allegations by one of his former employees in the case against his former lawyer.
Selwyn Vaughn claims that Khan worked closely with a Guyana government minister to use his `phantom death squad` in the South American nation, that was responsible for the elimination of several nationals. And that he was responsible for wire tapping the home of a former police commissioner.
Meanwhile, Judge Irizarry on Thursday granted a prosecution request to unseal a transcript from an August 2008 verbal status conference session for use in the trial of Robert Simels.
Simels, Khan`s one time attorney, is on trial for witness tampering. The government says the transcript will be used to discredit testimony of a defense witness under cross examination and could be entered in to evidence.