Saturday, May 7, 2011

Allende's remains be exhumed next May 23

Santiago de Chile .- The remains of Chilean President Salvador Allende be exhumed next day 23 in a measure considered key to clarify the circumstances of his death, which according to the accepted version was a suicide, according to judicial sources confirmed to Efe. The judge of the Court of Appeals of Santiago Mario Carrozza, manager of research, today set the date for this expertise, to be held at the General Cemetery of Santiago.

As reported by Radio Cooperativa, she will participate in a Spanish expert, the forensic Francisco Etxeverría. Both victims of the dictatorship as the Somoza family had sought to unearth the remains of Salvador Allende, who died on September 11, 1973 at the Palacio de la Moneda during the coup of Augusto Pinochet.

In 1973 Allende's body was performed a necropsy before his remains were moved to the coastal city of Viña del Mar, 125 miles northwest of Santiago. In 1990, with the restoration of democracy, the body was exhumed and taken back to the capital, where it rests today in a cemetery mausoleum.

On that occasion there was also a second autopsy. But now you will have a new autopsy on the body of the socialist leader, who according to the accepted version committed suicide by a shot in the head, but will be subject to additional expertise to help determine the circumstances surrounding his death.

According to Radio Cooperativa, the diligence will involve a panel of experts from the Forensic Medical Service (SML), including the Spanish thanatological Francisco Etxeberria and the head of the Human Rights Program of the forensic agency, Alejandra Jiménez. Etxeberria has worked in other processes in Chile to identify opponents of the dictatorship, including victims who were buried in Plot 29 of the General Cemetery of Santiago and were wrongly identified by the MLS.

Joining them will work also members of the Crime Laboratory of the Police Department. The president's daughter, Isabel Allende's socialist senator, said that the family is convinced that Allende committed suicide during the bombing of the presidential palace, but requested the exhumation to the investigation "able to determine, beyond versions of historical truth.

" Allende's case is among 726 procedures for human rights violations that the prosecution presented last January 26 before Judge Chariot and never before been investigated by the Justice.

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