Slain Ivory trafficking experts’ US family demand justice

US family of the late Bradley Martin want killers arrested

By The Weekly Vision

The family of Bradley Martin who was killed in 2018 is demanding justice; he was the UN special investigator in illegal ivory-rhino on the black market. The family has joined calls for action by Kenya police to arrest any suspect following the murder of another conservationist Joannah Stutchbury in Kiambu.

Martin lived in his Karen area of Langata constituency in Nairobi with his wife also a conservationist. His killers have never been found, they were allegedly linked to his work as a rhino-ivory sales black-market investigator. But others say dispute on the Karen land could also have been the cause for the murder. Bradley was one of the world’s leading investigators in the illegal trade of ivory and rhino which is outlawed in Kenya. He was found in his Nairobi home on February 4, 2018, with a stab wound to his neck. He was known for his undercover work investigating the black market.

According to his family lawyer Meshack Omari, US Ambassador to Kenya and FBI Legal Office in Kenya have been urged to intervene. A letter was written to the Deputy Head of Mission, US embassy in Kenya dated 10th December 2020, the family complained about the investigations into the murder of Martin that has seen no arrests or any criminal prosecution.

Martin had returned from a research trip to Myanmar and was in the process of compiling his findings

“This case replicates a pattern of violent murders and crimes in Kenya in which foreign investors of good standing have been the victims of crime which have gone unsolved’ the family said. Kenya’s DCI’s homicide unit said the case remains unsolved.

Before he met his brutal death, Martin had returned from a research trip to Myanmar and was in the process of compiling his findings. His wife Chryssee Perry found him in their house in Langata. Chryssee, a conservationist too, had gone for a meeting – and Martin, a US citizen, was home alone.

Martin had spent decades risking his life to secretly photograph and document illegal sales of ivory and rhino horn, travelling to China, Vietnam, and Laos to pose as a buyer and establish the details of black market prices. He first came to Kenya from the US in the 1970s when there was a surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory.

Police are yet to establish the motive of the murder but suspect the killers wanted to stop his work as an investigator or someone wanted to grab his Sh1 billion property in Karen, Nairobi where he owned 20 acres.

Martin was the third owner of the land that is also being suspected to have been the cause of his death. It was originally owned by the scouting movement founder Lord Baden Powell.

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