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A FORENSIC expert's report into the killing of a young Irishman concludes the Bolivian police staged the crime scene to make it look like a fire fight.

The family of Michael Dwyer hired Keith Borer Forensic Consultants in the UK to examine the evidence made available by the Bolivian authorities.

The Irish Independent has obtained a copy of the report's findings. It found "without any doubt that Michael Dwyer was unarmed and executed by the UTARC police".

The technical report examined the Bolivian autopsy and original scene photographs, a police ballistics report, photographs by eye witnesses, videos filmed by police and a multi-party commission, and the report of Irish state pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy.

"From the information available, it suggests that the scene had been staged to give the appearance of crossfire between the police and the deceased," it found.

"If there had been a 'fire fight', there should have been evidence of fired cartridge cases and bullets from the weapons used against the police.

"However, the only cartridge cases recorded on the official police photographs were the five 5.56 x 45mm, which are not associated with the self-loading pistols, the only guns alleged to have been found in Michael Dwyer's room."

The guns shown in photographs issued by the police next to the dead men in the hotel room were in a "state incapable of use".

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"A conclusion could be drawn that Michael Dwyer did not fire the only guns allegedly found in his room," the report added.

It's three years today since Michael Dwyer was shot in a hotel in Santa Cruz along with Croatian-Bolivian Eduardo Rozsa Flores and Arpad Magyarosi, a Romanian with Hungarian citizenship. Two other men were arrested and have been in jail awaiting trial since April 16, 2009.

The Bolivian government claimed the men had been plotting to assassinate the country's president Evo Morales.

However, Mr Dwyer's family have always insisted on their son's innocence.

Speaking on 'The Marian Finucane Show' on RTE Radio One at the weekend, his parents, Martin and Caroline, described their devastation since their son's death.

Mr Dwyer from Ballinderry, Co Tipperary, said his son was a "country lad" who "wasn't even politically minded".

He travelled to South America to do a six-week security course. However, he told his family he had been offered work by a wealthy man believed to be Eduardo Rozsa Flores.

The Dwyers said the forensic report clearly shows there was a "manipulation of evidence" by Bolivian police.

Irish Independent