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Mother of Dwyer issues statement
18 Sep 2014 20:08
The mother of Tipperary man Michael Dwyer, who was shot dead in Bolivia in 2009, has said that his death was an extra-judicial execution and called for those responsible to be held accountable.
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Mr Dwyer, 24, was killed in Santa Cruz, in April 2009. At the time it was alleged that he had been involved in a plot to assassinate Bolivian president Evo Morales.
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His mother, Caroline, and sister, Aisling, flew to Bolivia on Saturday to gather information about his death.
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In a statement released today, Caroline Dwyer said there had been no hidden agenda when Mr Dwyer had travelled to Bolivia and that he had not been a political son.
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"[Michael] would have had no interest or knowledge of Bolivian politics," Mrs Dwyer said.
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Since Mr Dwyer's death, conflicting facts about how and where he died have emerged and the chief investigator appointed to inquire into the matter has fled to Brazil.
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Mrs Dwyer said that she and her daughter had visited the room in which Mr Dwyer had been killed, and said it was "so small, there was no room for a shoot-out", as had been previously claimed.
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Mrs Dwyer described Michael as a loving son and caring brother.
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"[Michael] was a great friend," she said. "He loved life. He loved fun. He loved to socialise with his friends.
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"Our home has been quiet for the past five and a half years. The laughter he brought us has been silenced. The fun and joy has been stopped."
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Mrs Dwyer said she and her daughter had met representatives of the Bolivian government in La Paz on Tuesday.
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"In response to our call for an independent, international investigation, they indicated that other processes could be considered once the trial was complete," she said.
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"We concurred on the need for constructive engagement in order to establish the facts of how and why Michael was killed."
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