Morris Backs Dwyer Killing Inquiry

Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has backed a move by a cross-party Oireachtas Foreign Affiars Committee to have an independent international inquiry into the killing of a Ballinderry man in Bolivia two years ago.

Sinn Fein’s Cllr Seamus Morris has backed a move by a cross-party Oireachtas Foreign Affiars Committee to have an independent international inquiry into the killing of a Ballinderry man in Bolivia two years ago.

Michael Dwyer, who was 24 at the time of his death, was shot by police forces in his hotel room because, they claimed, he was part of a plot to kill Bolivian President Evo Morales.

However, numerous witnesses have stated that Mr Dwyer was unarmed when he was killed in Santa Cruz in April 2009.

Now the Oireachtas committee, led by Deputy Pat Breen, has backed calls for an independent international inquiry into the slaying.

And Cllr Morris, who welcomed the move, told the Tipperary Star he hoped the Bolivian government would comply with any requests made to it in relation to the incident.

“The Bolivian government should not be afraid of any independent inquiry. This needs to be done if the family are going to get any justice,” he said.“Michael Dwyer died in horrific circumstanecs. His family have suffered ever since and an inquiry would bring some small bit of relief to them.”

He said that, as a Republican, “we know the consequences of a shoot-to-kill policy, and this was a shoot-to-kill policy”.

Meanwhile, Deputy Pat Breen said it was obvious that Mr Dwyer was “unarmed and executed” when he was shot.

He said the committee believed there needed to be “a full independent international investigation into the events that led to the death”.

Deputy Breen stated that the family believed they had evidence from an independent forensic technical report that — along with a document by State pathologist Marie Cassidy — showed “without any doubt” Mr Dwyer was unarmed when he was shot.

The family has also made a submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Summary or Arbitrary Executions, seeking a full investigation. Mr Dwyer was one of three people shot dead over an alleged plot to assassinate President Morales.