Denying accusation that he was the instigator of an alleged plot to kill the President, 38-year-old businessman Nizam Khan spent over two hours giving evidence before the Paul Slowe Commission of Inquiry on Monday.
The Diamond resident’s posture in the stand appeared self-protective, as he folded his arms and responded to questions put to him with mostly short and pointed answers.
Perhaps his most popular answers were “I don’t know” or “I can’t recall”, as he disassociated himself from the allegation or close ties with Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud and his brother Imran Khan who is also a close friend of the Police Commissioner.
Nizam Khan appeared to have been well updated on the evidence which preceded his appearance at the COI. He admitted to reading the news on the unfolding at the COI over the last two weeks.
Khan said he knew Andriff Gillard for over 20 years.
It was Gillard who first came forward back in March 2017 with allegations that he was offered $6 million by Khan to kill President David Granger.
But in rejecting the claim, Khan said he believed the falsehood was made against him by Gillard as an attempt not to repay monies he had borrowed.
“I never give life, I cannot take anybody life,” he blurted out at one point, before being reminded by Attorney Selwyn Pieters that he once shot and killed a man, he had accused of robbing him.
Khan denied that he himself or in association with Gillard was ever involved in any illegality.
He said Gillard would usually borrow money from his wife, adding that claims that he threatened to shoot him or that he was sexually involved with Gillard’s wife were both untrue.
Khan said he stopped being friends with Gillard since 2014 after he robbed him of $1.3 million. He later explained that it was monies borrowed and never repaid.
He said when he made attempts to confront Gillard over the monies owed, he reported to the police that he stole his radio sets and threatened to kill him.
“When I ask him about my money he call me an anti-man and tell me I f**king he wife and he will keep lying on me and framing me,” Khan told the Commission.
Khan said he was the holder of a .32 Taurus pistol and was not aware that his brother had three guns including a rifle.
The Commission will continue to hear the evidence of witnesses at it probes the Police’s role in investigating the allegation.