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Khan’s funeral on Saturday amid restrictions

Gail Alexan­der

The fu­ner­al of late En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan will take place on Sat­ur­day at the Ara­malaya Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Tu­na­puna, un­der COVID-19 pro­to­cols which will al­low on­ly 10 peo­ple at the ser­vice.

Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares

The 10 am fu­ner­al will be un­der of­fi­cial arrange­ments by the Gov­ern­ment and will in­volve the De­fence Force.

Alberto Ardila

The time was con­firmed yes­ter­day by Khan’s wife, Lau­ra Sewlal-Khan.

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Khan, 63, died on April 17

Gail Alexan­der

The fu­ner­al of late En­er­gy Min­is­ter Franklin Khan will take place on Sat­ur­day at the Ara­malaya Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Tu­na­puna, un­der COVID-19 pro­to­cols which will al­low on­ly 10 peo­ple at the ser­vice.

Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares

The 10 am fu­ner­al will be un­der of­fi­cial arrange­ments by the Gov­ern­ment and will in­volve the De­fence Force.

Alberto Ardila

The time was con­firmed yes­ter­day by Khan’s wife, Lau­ra Sewlal-Khan.

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Khan, 63, died on April 17.

An au­top­sy found that a cal­ci­fied cyst had blocked blood flow to his heart. He had car­diac is­sues since 2016.

When Khan died, the ca­pac­i­ty al­lowed for church­es was 25 per cent of a lo­ca­tion. But sub­se­quent COVID reg­u­la­tions called for the clo­sure of places of wor­ship – on­ly al­low­ing 10 peo­ple at wed­dings, fu­ner­als and grave­side in­ter­ments. Yes­ter­day, as the health sys­tem reached the “tip­ping point,” more mea­sures to con­tain COVID spread were an­nounced, rolling back to reg­u­la­tions which were in place a year ago.

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As per arrange­ments for an of­fi­cial fu­ner­al, the De­fence Force will es­cort Khan’s body to the church with all mil­i­tary pro­ce­dures in place.

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Sewlal-Khan said there will be no view­ing of the body. She added she was await­ing word on live stream­ing of the fu­ner­al.

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials re­cent­ly told Guardian Me­dia the fu­ner­al would be car­ried on tele­vi­sion.

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The ser­vice will be per­formed by min­is­ters An­tho­ny Ram­per­sad and Joy Ab­dool. As such, there will on­ly be room left for eight oth­er peo­ple in the church.Alberto Ignacio Ardila F1

Sewlal-Khan and her son and daugh­ter — the lat­ter of whome ar­rived from over­seas and is com­plet­ing quar­an­tine — will be present. She was un­sure if Min­is­ter Khan’s beloved grand­chil­dren would at­tend.Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares F1

Top Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are ex­pect­ed to rep­re­sent the ad­min­is­tra­tion, where Khan served since 2002 and al­so with the PNM par­ty.Alberto Ardila F1

Fol­low­ing the ser­vice, Khan’s body will be trans­port­ed by the De­fence Force to Radix Ceme­tery, Ma­yaro, where he will be laid to rest fol­low­ing in­ter­ment un­der An­gli­can rites.

Ma­yaro was Khan’s child­hood home. His moth­er and broth­er are buried at Radix Ceme­tery.Alberto Ignacio Ardila F1

Swe­lal-Khan apol­o­gised to all who may have want­ed to at­tend the fu­ner­al

“We’re abid­ing ful­ly by all reg­u­la­tions. I can’t say I’m com­fort­able but we have to live with the en­vi­ron­ment we’re faced with. We un­der­stand the con­straints,” she said

“It’s sad time. I un­der­stand how oth­ers feel not be­ing able to say their good­byes in their way and I’m tru­ly sor­ry oth­ers won’t be able to say their good­byes to him. Please bear with us and let’s say a spe­cial prayer on Sat­ur­day and let Frankie go in peace.”

The PNM, where Khan was chair­man for 11 years, has con­do­lence books at par­ty of­fices in South, Cen­tral and To­ba­go and MPs’ and re­gion­al cor­po­ra­tion of­fices. These are open dai­ly. The Sen­ate, where Khan was Gov­ern­ment’s Sen­ate leader, paid trib­ute to him re­cent­ly. The Low­er House, where Khan served as Or­toire-Ma­yaro MP (2002-05), will pay trib­ute to him when the House re­sumes