Months after a recent execution attempt, popular city businessman Mohamed F Khan (MFK) is missing and relatives are holding their breaths and praying that nothing bad has befallen him.
The businessman has been residing in neighbouring Venezuela for the past few years after closing down his popular business on Hadfield Street, Georgetown.
The missing person report was first made to the Guyana Embassy in Venezuela by Khan’s Venezuelan wife who last saw him on August 21st, when he left the Spanish speaking country for Guyana to contact his attorneys who were handling some business arrangements for him.
Relatives in Guyana have not heard from him since and did not suspect anything much since Khan also has business transactions in the interior and would sometimes spend time there.
Missing: Mohamed F Khan displaying his bandaged abdomen following the execution attempt in July.
However, after close relatives did not receive a call or any information pertaining to Khan’s whereabouts, they became suspicious.
“He came over here to meet his lawyer and to check on some business stuff, since then nobody can get in contact with him. When he came, he met some friends and did his business and since then nobody could have gotten in contact with him. Everybody was trying to contact him and call all his friends and people he would go by, but nobody seems to know anything,” a close relative lamented.
“The thing is, he has a wife in Venezuela and three small kids he was supposed to come to Guyana and then return to Venezuela in five days, so when his wife did not see him, she tried contacting everyone she knows that can trace his whereabouts. People he normally deals with said they saw him months ago.”
Khan, 54, survived an execution attempt on July 9 last when was shot in his abdomen by a lone gunman at La Grange, West Bank of Demerara. He had disclosed back then, his suspicions of a business associate who had threatened him over a sour property deal.
Khan had also disclosed that he believed the gunman was either a serving or former member of the Guyana Police Force, giving rise to his suspicions that his business associate is using his well placed “connections” to escape justice.
In an exclusive interview with Kaieteur News back then, Khan related that his bout of troubles stemmed from the sale of one of the many properties he owned in the city. He said the buyer was trying to rob him of several million dollars which is owed to him from the sale of a prominent city business.
“I keep asking him for my money and at first he was always making excuses and then he started threatening me. He threatened me that if I come back to Guyana he will take me out.” He had stated.
Khan, who was a staunch advocate of the Buy Local campaign, said that he learnt from his underworld connections that there was an $11M bounty on his head.
Last month, police discovered a headless decomposed body at Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara after being alerted by workers attached to the Ministry of Public Works, who were clearing a cemetery in the community.
Meanwhile, police noted that the badly decomposed body that was discovered hidden in a clump of bushes, was that of a man. A few yards away a human skull and a pair of blood-stained shoelaces were found in a black plastic bag. There was also some amount of “heavy duty” tape wrapped around the bag.
Several other bones which appeared to be human where scattered around the scene by dogs which had begun to devour the remains. Police sources have said that a plastic handcuff along with a car mat was found in the bushes close to the body.
Khan’s relatives said they had visited the Lyken Funeral Home to investigate if it was him. However, an attendant in the morgue had told them that there was a ponytail attached to the badly decomposed head, creating doubts in the relatives’ minds.
Khan who was a former television talk show host on the popular CNS Channel 6, had been out of Guyana for the past six years, claiming that he fled the land of his birth because of death threats he had been receiving.
He is no stranger to controversy, having had major differences with a former top government official, which he claimed forced him to sell his business and flee Guyana.
Khan had declared that he would have returned to invest in Guyana soon, claiming that he has big plans to erect a state of the art supermarket.