Prosecutor claims he has video of Dwyer discussing assassination
A VIDEO reportedly showing Michael Dwyer discussing how to assassinate Bolivian president Evo Morales has been shown to journalists in La Paz by the prosecutor who is investigating the shooting dead by police of the Irishman and two others.
Marcelo Sosa told a press conference on Saturday night that the video shows Mr Dwyer with Eduardo Rózsa Flores, a Bolivian of Hungarian descent who held Croatian citizenship, and Arpad Magyarosi, a Romanian who held Hungarian citizenship, discussing a bomb attack against Mr Morales on Lake Titicaca.
On April 3rd, the president held a cabinet meeting on the lake as part of a campaign to promote it as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.
Mr Dwyer, Mr Rózsa Flores and Mr Magyarosi were killed by police on April 16th in a hotel in the eastern Bolivian city of Santa Cruz.
In a video released after his death, Mr Rózsa Flores said he was going to Santa Cruz at the request of local separatists to organise self-defence groups against supporters of the central government.
The new video, if verified, would constitute the first evidence to back the government’s claims that Mr Dwyer was part of a conspiracy to kill Mr Morales.
The video was supposedly supplied by someone linked to the Rózsa Flores group who is now the prosecutor’s key witness, local reports said.
Journalists who have seen it say the audio quality was very poor and it was not immediately possible to verify the prosecutor’s claims.
The recording is about three minutes in length and appears to have been shot on a mobile phone.
Journalists also questioned the timing of the press conference, which was called for 9pm on Saturday.
“It looks to have been held at this hour in order to get the next day’s headlines but leaving the media with no chance to verify the prosecutor’s claims,” said one.
On April 3rd, Mr Dwyer and his companions checked out of the Hotel Asturias and into the Hotel Santa Cruz, both in Santa Cruz, about 1,000km from Lake Titicaca.
At a government rally on Saturday, Bolivian government ministers renewed their opposition to any international participation in the investigation into the death of Mr Dwyer and the two other men, as demanded by Ireland, Hungary and Croatia.
Mr Morales told supporters at the rally that he had instructed government lawyers to draw up a decree to allow the state to confiscate the assets of anyone found to have helped finance Mr Rózsa Flores’s group while in Bolivia.
The government has claimed that a broad range of opposition figures in Santa Cruz were linked to the Rózsa Flores conspiracy, although so far has failed to provide any evidence to back this up.
The government says it will also seek to prosecute the Hungarian journalist who held the video in which Mr Rózsa Flores admitted he was going to Bolivia to organise self-defence groups against the central government.
A government minister said by not reporting the contents of the video, Andras Kepes undermined Bolivia’s security and should therefore be sanctioned.