A forensic investigation confirmed yesterday that the Chilean president Salvador Allende, the Marxist who first came to power through the ballot box, committed suicide during the coup of 1973, discarding versions of the involvement of another person in his death.
The result was announced by experts seeking to clarify the circumstances of Allende’s death, who was overthrown by Augusto Pinochet. Chile’s President Salvador Allende committed suicide as his palace was attacked by Gen. Pinochet’s forces in 1973.
“We are in a position to ensure that violent death is a legal medical explanation for suicide, and we have absolutely no doubt,” said Fernando Etxeverría Spanish doctor, who took the examinations after the exhumation of the remains last May. (FO)