Some of Pablo Neruda’s relatives have claimed that political rivals poisoned him, and a third investigation into his death from half a century ago could answer this question.
On Wednesday, an updated expert assessment was submitted to a court in preparation for a final, legally binding verdict on the poet’s death in 1973, just before the Pinochet dictatorship came to power.
Neruda’s nephew, Rodolfo Reyes, has continued to assert that his uncle, a Communist and the most influential Chilean intellectual at the time, was poisoned, most recently this week.
“State actors assassinated him. Can there be any questions? “A reporter asked him about it after the hearing, and he said.
He stated that he was unable to view the report. He had earlier claimed to the Spanish news outlet EFE that he had seen laboratory documents that corroborated the poisoning theory.
In 2017, an international forensics team cast doubt on the official story that Neruda died aged 69 from prostate cancer and did not rule out murder.
Neruda, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1971, has undergone extensive testing, all of which have shown up hostile.
Dr. Gloria Ramirez, who coordinated the report but did not address Reyes’s conjecture about its results after its presentation to the court was twice postponed, said nothing. By the norms of the court that is conducting the investigation, it cannot be made public.
The case has been assigned to Judge Paola Plaza, and she has stated that there is no time limit for rendering a decision.
Salvador Allende, the socialist president of Chile, was deposed in a coup led by Augusto Pinochet in September of 1973, and Pablo Neruda was a close friend and advisor to Allende.