The United States denied entry visa to Előd Tóásó who filed a lawsuit for damages at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights against Bolivia, where he spent six years in prison on fabricated terrorism charges.
Tóásó was arrested in April 2009 in Bolivia, after commandos raided the hotel where he stayed with friends; in the raid the Bolivian swat team killed Hungarian citizens Eduardo Rózsa-Flores, and Árpad Magyarosi and Irish national Michael Dwyer.
Előd Tóásó and co-accused Mario Tadic was arrested and kept in jail without trial for 6 years. The two were freed last year after a plea bargain with Bolivian authorities.
The victims – including Martin Dwyer’s family, Előd Tóásó, Mario Tadic and three Bolivian nationals filed a lawsuit against the Latin American country at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights several years ago.
The Bolivian government has three months to strike a deal with the victims, or show evidence against them, otherwise the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will decide on the extent of damages.
Tóásó wanted to personally testify in court, and present evidence supporting their claim, but it seems he won’t have the chance to attend court proceedings as he was denied entry visa by the US government.
Tóásó inquired at the US Embassy in Budapest about the reasons of rejecting his visa application. First, he was told that his application was still under review. Twelve hours before departure date, Tóásó’s sister had been notified by the embassy that the US government denied entry visa to her brother.