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Chile exhumes remains of poet Pablo Neruda

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 01:20

April 8 - Chile exhumes the remains of poet Pablo Neruda as part of an investigation into claims he may have been poisoned during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda is famous for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views. He is presumed to have died from prostate cancer in 1973. But Neruda's former driver says the poet was poisoned in hospital under Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. And now there will be a new investigation into his death. Neruda was a supporter of socialist President Salvador Allende, who was toppled in a military coup about two weeks before the poet's death. Neruda had planned to go into exile, but feeling ill, he postponed his trip for 24 hours to visit a clinic. Historian Fernando Marin explains that Neruda had a urinary infection -- but was not on his death bed. In hospital he was given an injection - and some believe this contained the poison that killed him. Neruda's former driver is pleased that Chilean authorities have decided to exhume the body and investigate. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PABLO NERUDA'S CHAUFFEUR, MANUEL ARAYA, SAYING: "Right now, I feel proud of having arrived at this point legally because, as you can imagine, I've been denouncing the murder of Pablo Neruda for 40 years." Around 3,000 people are thought to have been killed by the brutal Pinochet dictatorship.

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Chile exhumes remains of poet Pablo Neruda

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 01:20