Irishman killed over Morales 'plot' had no crime record

20th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Michael Dwyer, 24, a construction management graduate, was one of three people shot dead when Bolivian police raided a hotel in the eastern city of Santa Cruz.

Dublin -- An Irishman shot dead in Bolivia after an apparent assassination plot against President Evo Morales had no criminal record, a government minister said Sunday.

Michael Dwyer, 24, a construction management graduate, was one of three people shot dead when Bolivian police raided a hotel in the eastern city of Santa Cruz on Thursday.

Morales said those who died were plotting to kill him.

"Twenty-four-year-olds do trot around the world and the fact that they wear military garb doesn't necessarily mean they have any military involvement," Ireland's minister for Europe, Dick Roche, said on RTE public radio.

"My understanding too is that Mr. Dwyer had absolutely no form of record from any Garda (police) source that would have suggested he had any misbehaviour or had any record, so I think one has to have huge sympathy for the family."

Roche expressed surprise that a photograph of the body of one of the dead men he had seen had shown that his hands were tied.

"His hands were clearly tied in front. That is most unusual. If you are removing a body from a scene, I cannot understand the basis on which the hands would be tied," he said.

A foreign ministry spokesman in Dublin said a diplomat had travelled from Argentina to Bolivia to secure the release of Dwyer's body.

"The circumstances of how he (Dwyer) found himself to be in Bolivia and how he was killed are still being investigated," the spokesman said.

In a statement, Dwyer's family said they were "shocked and devastated".

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