Posted On 08 Jan 2014
Today, the Supreme Court of Chile definitely closed the investigation of the death of President Salvador Allende determining that the President committed suicide during the coup of 1973.
The High Court ruling upheld that Allende took his life and that there is no involvement of a third party in his death, which occurred on September 11, 1973 in the Palacio de la Moneda. In contrast to what happened in September 2012, when judge Mario Carroza issued the ruling in first instance or when the Court of appeals of Santiago confirmed it on June 24, this time the silence surrounded the news.
The Research on the cause of the death of Allende, which included the exhumation of the corpse in May of 2011 and the conduction of different surveys, it wasn’t requested by the family or the Socialist Party.
While La Moneda was burning after being bombed by the air force on September 11, 1973, Allende went to the Independence Hall, located on the second floor, and shut the door. “Once inside, sitting on a couch, placed the rifle he carried between his legs and put it on his chin, shot it, dying instantly,” says the report.
Allende’s body went back to be buried in the General Cemetery of Santiago on September 9, 2011. Family and political environments of Salvador Allende suggested that the position of the family, which has always maintained the thesis that the Socialist President (1970-1973) took off his life, remains unaltered after being ratified the judgment by the Justice.
In September 2012, when the first ruling was known by Sen. Isabel Allende, daughter of the Socialist President, said the family was happy that the judiciary “reaffirmed what somehow was known, but now in a scientific way”.