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Wed Jan 30, 2019, 07:46 PM

Chile: six people sentenced for 1982 murder of former president

Source: Guardian

Eduardo Frei Montalva was poisoned with ‘toxic substances’, judge ruled in highest profile case from Pinochet’s dictatorship

Associated Press in Santiago
Wed 30 Jan 2019 18.54 EST

Six people have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for the 1982 death of Chile’s former president Eduardo Frei Montalva, marking a historic ruling in the highest profile murder case from Gen Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Judge Alejandro Madrid ruled that Frei Montalva was poisoned to death with “toxic substances” that were gradually introduced into his body while he was hospitalized at a private clinic.

“After 16 years, Judge Madrid determined that the death of President Frei Montalva was a murder,” Chilean president Sebastian Piñera said on Twitter. “We condemn this murder with indignation.”

The six people were sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison for carrying out, covering up and serving as accomplices in the crime. They include Frei Montalva’s driver, doctors and former agents of Pinochet.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/30/chile-eduardo-frei-montalva-death-sentencing-murder-pinochet

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Judi Lynn Jan 30 OP
sandensea Jan 31 #1

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Thu Jan 31, 2019, 08:22 AM

1. Pinochet's use of biological/chemical agents: one of his many unpunished crimes

Frei was not the only victim of these activities certainly; but he was the most prominent.

It's worth mentioning as well that Frei was a true reformist and progressive.

Had he been able to run for re-election in 1970 he would have almost certainly won - thus saving Chile from much of the upheaval they went through with the well-meaning but misguided Allende, and the craven, Nazi-trained Pinochet.

Thanks again for posting these news, Judi.

Chilean President Eduardo Frei (right, smiling) and his Argentine counterpart, Arturo Illia (white hair) during Frei's visit to Buenos Aires in 1965.

Frei and Illia both pursued a moderate reformist course, a strong state role in the economy, and expansionist policies that spurred growth in their countries. Both were, however, rebuffed by business elites and labor alike.

Illia was overthrown in 1966, and died of old age in 1983; Frei left office in 1970, his candidate defeated in the polls, and was later poisoned by the Pinochet regime.

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