Monday 19 November 2018

Dwyer family want independent probe into son's shooting

Conor Kane

THE family of an Irishman shot dead by security forces in Bolivia said yesterday that a new delay to an internal investigation into the shooting was proof of the need for an independent, international inquiry.

Just a day after an inquest into the death of Tipperary native Michael Dwyer (24) heard that he died as a result of a single gunshot to the heart, it emerged that the head of the security team which claimed they shot him in self-defence won't be able to give evidence for two months.

Tuesday's inquest evidence of state pathologist Dr Marie Cassidy contradicted Bolivian claims that Mr Dwyer and two others died in a hail of gunfire after the security forces said they had uncovered a mercenary plot to kill president Evo Morales.

Now the security boss leading the team which shot Michael Dwyer dead in a Santa Cruz hotel in April is claiming he is too sick to give evidence at an internal probe.

A spokesperson for the Dwyer family said last night that the development is "further evidence of the need for an independent, international inquiry". Security chief Walter Andrade was admitted to hospital in the Bolivian capital, La Paz, after a car crash a week-and-a-half ago.

Pressure

Meanwhile, Fine Gael has called on the Government to increase pressure on the Bolivian authorities to hold an independent and public inquiry.

The party's foreign affairs spokesperson Billy Timmins yesterday expressed support for the Dwyer family, saying: "Pressure must now be exerted on the Bolivian government by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to hold an independent and public inquiry to uncover exactly what happened."

Irish Independent

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