“It is high time the Bolivian authorities account for the circumstances of Michael Dwyer´s death”, said Labour MEP from Munster Phil Prendergast.
Speaking from Brussels, where she was facilitating meetings with EU officials and hosting a briefing session with the Irish MEPs,
Ms. Prendergast said:
“Three years into the execution of Michael Dwyer, an Irish citizen, by Bolivian state police, his family are still struggling to understand the circumstances surrounding his death. They deserve closure and the international community needs to push for accountability.
“The Dwyer Family and myself, met with a senior member of the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, to establish which efforts are currently being made at EU level to obtain further information.
“We again requested that more pressure be brought to bear on the Bolivian authorities to account for this execution, and that Michael Dwyer’s case be raised at every opportunity through the various EU foreign relations channels with Bolivia.
“We also met with my colleague Ricardo Cortes Lastra MEP, who recently led a delegation from the European Parliament’s Development Committee to Bolivia, where Michael Dwyer’s killing was raised. He will report back to us on his efforts to secure further information.
“An official from the Irish Permanent Representation to the EU was in attendance at the briefing organised for Irish MEPs in the European Parliament.
“The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore has kept in close touch with the Dwyer family. We hope that the Irish Presidency of the EU in 2013 will enable us to make progress in providing closure and accountability for Michael Dwyer´s death,” she said.