By the Stabroek staff - August 20, 2009
Simels’ trial had riveted the Guyanese audience as he and his lawyers had alleged that the Guyana Government had approved the purchase of spy equipment which Khan had used to locate alleged criminals that his phantom gang went after. An executive from the UK-based company Smith Myers also testified the Guyana Government had approved the purchase. The Guyana Government has vehemently denied this. Khan has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import drugs into the US and is to be sentenced shortly. Jurors in the Simels case declined to discuss the verdict. They took seven days to reach a verdict and they sent the judge 45 notes with questions during deliberations. A former state prosecutor who investigated corrupt cops and judges, Simels was convicted of tampering with eight witnesses against his then-client Shaheed (Roger) Khan, a major cocaine trafficker from Guyana. Irving was convicted on two counts of witness tampering. Simels and Khan were also convicted of possessing illegal eavesdropping equipment, which was seized in a raid on Simels’ East Side offices.