Roger Khan’s attorney seeks a “get out of Jail” free card
The erstwhile attorney, Robert Simels, who represented convicted Guyanese Drug Kingpin, Shaheed Roger Khan, is pinning his hopes on what a Guyanese journalist reported, to help him, Simels, get out of jail. Simels was convicted on witness tampering and is serving a 14-year sentence. Khan, his client, was also convicted in the same case.
Simels in a pro se (representing himself) statement from jail, is contending that a couple of things happened while an investigation was being carried out against him and that those issues should have been allowed to be raised during his trial. First, Simels is saying that the so called “China Wall” that divided the investigation of narcotics charges against Roger Khan and the witness tampering one was not maintained. Simels indicated that the same investigator, Cassandra Jackson, was aware and involved in both investigations.
Another issue was that of impeachment testimony, that was deliberately left out against the star witness, Selwyn Vaughn. In that submission, Simels claims, that a Guyanese Journalist, Vandell Park, who was in the US illegally, according to Simels, had been duped by Vaughn, who pretended to have the power to regularize the immigration status of the journalist. Vaughn allegedly took 3000 US dollars from Park, to correct the journalist’s illegal status. The same journalist had legal problems in another Caribbean island and moved his family to the US around the same time that Simels was being investigated. Simels declares in his request for the Court to vacate his sentence that the purported behavior in this instance with the journalist by Vaughn, speaks to Vaughn’s credibility and would have impeached his character had it been raised during the trial. The journalist reported the matter to Simels’ attorney.
Before the trial began, Vaughn was vested with immunity by the Court against any criminal or other wrongdoing that he may have done in the past that cleared the way for him to testify about his inner workings within the Roger Khan criminal enterprise, both within and without Guyana.
In court documents filed from prison and directed to the Eastern District in NY, Simels is also contending that there were other prevailing factors that led to his conviction. He is hoping that he will get out of jail using these arguments before his 14-year sentence ends in 2021.