THE Government last night moved to defend the reputation of Irishman Mike Dwyer, who was killed with two others in the southern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz on Thursday morning.
Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Dick Roche said: “There is absolutely no evidence that this young man was involved with any form of criminality or activities in this country. Our hearts have to go out to his family, this is a dreadful position they find themselves in and the speculation can only add to their pain.”
Earlier yesterday, an Irish official, Derek Lambe, who had travelled to Santa Cruz from the embassy in Argentina, was given custody of Mr Dwyer’s body.
It is expected his remains will be flown home as early as tomorrow.
Mr Lambe and Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Bolivia Peter O’Toole will meet Bolivian Justice Ministry officials in La Paz today to discuss how Mr Dwyer died.
Meanwhile, an international team of investigators may be invited to Bolivia to establish the circumstances surrounding the killing.
Bolivian President Evo Morales is reported as saying he would welcome an investigation with international input.
The Bolivian authorities accuse the Co Tipperary man of being part of an extreme right-wing plot to kill the leftist Mr Morales.
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