A group of national and international experts will convene in Santiago, Chile to present their results concerning the death of Pablo Neruda. They include specialists from Chile, Spain, France, Denmark, the United States and Canada.
Neruda's family has maintained that the Nobel Prize winner, whose real name was Ricardo Eliecer Neftali Reyes Basoalto, was poisoned by military agents of the dictator Augusto Pinochet, possibly due to his writings or his communist beliefs. They presume that the military dictatorship viewed him as a threat to their regime.
Spanish professor Aurelio Luna will preside over the panel, which is scheduled to meet at the Hotel San Francisco. Previously, he has examined the remains of Jorge Matute Johns, son of union leader Jorge Rene Matute Matute, which he determined to contain traces of barbiturates.
Mario Carroza, the govenrment minister tasked with bringing forth the judicial investigation, will also be present at the meeting, according to El Diario de Cooperativa.
During an interview with the journal, Luna affirmed that each of the experts “brings a piece of the puzzle and among all the bits of truth we will try to reach a conclusion.” He added that the truth they seek “doesn't have to coincide with the judicial truth” and it will be Carroza, ultimately, who will make a final declaration on the investigation.
Carrroza will publicly present his conclusion on the cause of Neruda's death on Oct. 20.
Neruda died in Sept. 23, 1973 at the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago. His cousin, Rodolfo Reyes, as well as his personal driver, Manuel Araya, have both claimed that the poet was poisoned at the clinic and not due to prostate cancer.