[QODLink]
Americas

Chile court orders exhumation of poet Neruda

Remains of famed poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda to be exhumed as part of investigation into his death in 1973.
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 21:14
Officials last year started looking into the possibility that Neruda was murdered by agents of the Pinochet regime [AFP]

A Chilean judge has ordered the remains of famed poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda exhumed as part of an investigation into his death, the foundation that manages his literary legacy has said.

The leftist poet, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist President Salvador Allende and brought Augusto Pinochet to power, was long believed to have died of cancer.

But officials last year started looking into the possibility he was murdered by agents of the Pinochet regime, as claimed by Neruda's driver.

No date for the exhumation has been set.

Neruda is buried next to his wife Matilde Urrutia in Isla Negra, 120 kilometers west of the capital Santiago.

Investigation

The Pablo Neruda Foundation said it learned a few days ago from judge Mario Carroza of his decision to have the remains of the poet exhumed.

The investigation began last year after a complaint was filed by the Chilean communist party, to which Neruda belonged.

The complaint came after Neruda's driver, Manuel Araya, declared publicly that Pinochet agents poisoned Neruda while he was hospitalised with cancer.

The Pablo Neruda Foundation has denied he was murdered, and says it still believes he died of cancer.

In Friday's statement it expressed hope that the exhumation would be conducted "with the greatest possible respect and care" and that it would clear up "any doubts that might exist" as to how Neruda died.

235

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
Assam officials upset that WWII-era Stillwell Road won't be used in transnational highway linking four Asian nations.
Informal health centres are treating thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey, easing the pressure on local hospitals.
join our mailing list