8 November 2013, 18:36

No evidence Chile poet Neruda was poisoned during dictatorship - test results

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda

The exhumation of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda did not find any evidence of poisoning, the expert team leading the case said on Friday, despite accusations that he was murdered by the military dictatorship 40 years ago.

The poet's former chauffer says agents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship took advantage of his illness to inject poison into his stomach while he was bedridden at the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago.

Neruda, famed for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, died just days after the Sept. 11, 1973, coup that brought Pinochet to power.

Voice of Russia, Reuters

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