Bankrupt British Pakistani hired to kill Pak activist in Netherlands

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has told the Kingston Magistrates’ Court that British Pakistani man Muhammad Gohir Khan was hired as a “hitman” to kill blogger and activist Ahmad Waqass Goraya in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in a plot that ran from the16th day of February 2021 to the 24th day of June 2021.

Starting the murder conspiracy trial at the court before 12-members jury, the crown prosecutor explained in full over two days how Mohammed Gohir Khan entered into an agreement with unknown persons or handlers - described in court papers as Muzamil/Mudz/Pappa/Mush - to travel to Netherland in order to kill Goraya.

Opening the prosecution case, Alison Morgan QC told the court that Gohir Khan was broke at the time and he needed money desperately to pay off his debts. The court heard that Khan was already declared bankrupt and had debts of over £200,000 to pay and he was under significant pressure.

The jury heard that Khan willingly agreed to become part of the plot. He didn’t know much about his target even after the handler had shared the picture and name of Goraya with Gohir Khan. The total deal was for £100,000 but the handler wanted £20,000 as a cut for himself without the “big boss” knowing about that and offered to pay £80,000 to Khan who agreed to the deal.

Separate from that, £5,000 was paid in advance through a bank transfer to cover travel expenses and to pay for PCR tests as well as to buy a knife and other “accessories” required for the killing.

Gohir Khan worked at a supermarket at the time to make both ends meet and was over enthusiastic when “Muzammil” got in touch with him offering him a “project”. The court heard that the target received direct information from the American FBI in 2018 that his life was in danger and then he also received threats online and in one instance inside pictures of his residence were posted online by a “troll”.