Submitted by Rickford Burke, President – Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID)
I have access to evidence and transcripts of testimony presented by the United States Justice Department in the trial of Robert Similes – Roger Khan’s Attorney. The Justice Department presented evidence linking Guyana’s Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy to the brutal assassination of Guyanese journalist Ronald Waddell. Waddell was gunned down in front of his Georgetown home by assassins from the phantom gang, which Khan operated as a murder for hire enterprise.
Former Phantom gang member turned FBI Informant, Selwyn Vaughn, testified in US Federal Court in the Eastern District of New York that he was the lookout man for Waddell’s assassination plot. Vaughn testified he saw Waddell arrive home on January 30, 2006, and disembarked his vehicle, which he left idling by the roadway. Vaughn attested that he then notified Khan by cell phone, that Waddell had arrived home, and that Khan in turn dispatched a gang of gunmen who arrived and waited for Waddell to return to his vehicle.
Vaughn testified that when Waddell returned, the gunmen unloaded a barrage of bullets as Waddell reentered his car. Vaughn also testified that immediately after the shooting he and the gunmen returned to Khan business place, the “Blue Iguana” and that, in their presence, Roger Khan publicly telephoned Minister Ramsammy and reported that Waddell was shot and was being taken to the Georgetown hospital. Vaughn stated that Khan then said to Ramsammy – “let him die.”