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Body of man flown back to Ireland

Michael Dwyer, from Tipperary, was killed in a police raid
Michael Dwyer was killed in a police raid at a Santa Cruz hotel

The body of Irishman Michael Dwyer, who was shot in Bolivia last week, has arrived back in Ireland.

Mr Dwyer, 24, from County Tipperary, was killed along with two other alleged mercenaries by Bolivian police in the city of Santa Cruz.

It has been alleged that the men were involved in a plot to assassinate the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales.

President Morales told the BBC he would welcome an international investigation into the alleged plot.

Mr Dwyer had been working in Bolivia as a security guard.

One of the other men killed was a man with joint Bolivian, Hungarian and Croatian nationality.

Two other foreign nationals were arrested and weapons and ammunition seized.

Hungarian and Irish diplomats are in Bolivia trying to get more information about the deaths of their nationals.

Both countries have denied any involvement in any conspiracy to destabilise Bolivia.


Irish Foreign Minister Michael Martin has said that Mr Dwyer had no criminal record or army background.

He said the Irish government had a legitimate right to seek out facts about how one of its citizens came to be killed.

Bolivian President Evo Morales in Port of Spain, Trinidad
Morales said he would be happy for a "transparent" investigation to occur

Speaking in New York on Thursday, Mr Morales invited Mr Martin or other international figures to travel to Bolivia to help the investigation, as long as they were "transparent".

"I invite the foreign secretary, or whomever else, to come to Bolivia and verify how they did it, how they launched bombs, how armed they were," he said.

But while he said he was not directly linking the governments of Ireland, Hungary and Croatia to the events, Mr Morales suggested he would be suspicious if investigators tried to defend the three dead men.

"What I think I should say to these Hungarian and Irish authorities if they are claiming for their citizens... I could think that they sent them to plot against my Government and my country," he told the BBC.

President Morales has said the men had belonged to a gang of foreign mercenaries who were helping opposition politicians in the province of Santa Cruz.

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