Shaheed Roger Khan has filed a petition for early release from prison in the United States, where he is serving a 15-year sentence for drug trafficking.
He is scheduled for release on July 8, 2019.
However, Khan, who prepared the petition himself, is challenging the Federal Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP’s) failure to properly calculate and award his good-conduct credit and as such, filed an emergency petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which is a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention.
According to the petition, Khan wants the US court to order the BOP to recalculate his good-conduct credit under the First Step Act, which would see him being released earlier than July.
Khan was sentenced in 2009 to 15 years’ imprisonment after he pled guilty to arms trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy and witness tampering. He was nabbed in neighbouring Suriname back in June 2006 after fleeing Guyana illegally.
Khan had made claims of working to curb an out-of-control crime situation during that period by using extrajudicial methods of execution.