John M. Sellar OBE is an independent advisor in the fields of anti-smuggling, fraud and organized crime. Between 1997 and 2011, he was Chief of Enforcement for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).This article was published through https://rusi.org/
SEEJ AFRICA: For those who really want to know what is really happening relating to IWT investigations and prosecutions, this is a must read. In a world where no one wants to upset anyone else for fear of causing political fall out or losing donor funding, this is refreshingly honest. While Mr. Sellar presents the possibility of “at worst, widespread incompetence (of law enforcement) or, at best, unprofessionalism”, SEEJ-AFRICA believes that it is corruption, starting from very high levels, that is handcuffing the investigations, prosecutions and convictions in IWC.
Why Wildlife Traffickers are Escaping Justice
“it is hard not to wonder whether some parts of the NGO community have a considerably better understanding of the intricacies of IWT and, very importantly, the persons and OCGs who are controlling and facilitating such criminality, than national, regional and international law enforcement agencies.”
John M. Sellar OBE is now an independent advisor in the fields of anti-smuggling, fraud and organized crime, having spent most of his career in the Scottish Police Service and United Nations. Between 1997 and 2011, he was Chief of Enforcement for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.