Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has said a full independent and external inquiry into the killing of Michael Dwyer in Bolivia is required and he urged the UN to support the request being made by the Dwyer family.
Michael Dwyer was shot dead in the Hotel Las Americas in Santa Cruz in April 2009.
Deputy Martin said: “I fully support the campaign by the Dwyer family for an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Michael’s death. The Bolivian government has serious questions to answer about the actions taken on the night Michael was killed and since.
“I was Minister for Foreign Affairs at the time and it is clear that the Bolivian authorities have never co-operated fully with the family and denied a request I made that an international panel be appointed to investigate Michael’s death. The Dwyer family have suffered a huge loss and their pain was made worse by the false allegations that were made immediately after Michael’s death and the continued refusal of the Bolivian government to deal with this case openly.
“I know members of Michael’s family are meeting UN officials in Geneva today and I am urging Christof Heyns, the Special Rapporteur on ex-Judicial Killings, to support the Dwyer family.
“It is essential that this case is fully investigated and that those responsible for Michael’s killing are held to account.”