“Neruda’s skeleton shouldn’t have had Clostridium botulinum bacteria. What does that mean? That Neruda was killed was an operation carried out by state agents in 1973,” Reyes told EFE . He noted that the discovery of this bacterium in Neruda’s remains indicates that he was poisoned days after the 1973 coup.
“I can say this because I know the reports,” the poet’s nephew stressed, adding that the court should now also familiarize themselves with them.
“This is what we expected, because the clostridium botulinum bacterium was discovered in 2017, but it was not known whether it was inside the body. Now it has been proven that its origin is endogenous, that she was kind of introduced to him,” – Reyes said in an interview with El Pais newspaper.
Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda died on September 23, 1973 at the San Maria Clinic in Santiago, 12 days after the coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende. For 40 years, the official cause of his death was prostate cancer. That was until his former driver Manuel Araya announced that the poet had been poisoned. Based on these remarks, the Communist Party of Chile went to court.
The report Reyes referred to is expected to be delivered to the judge handling the case in the coming days. She must assess the evidence presented to determine if Neruda’s death was caused by outside interference. However, the information provided by the expert group is not binding for a court decision.
By the way, this is the third commission formed to study the circumstances of the death of the poet and Nobel Prize for Literature. The first in 2013 came to the conclusion that the death was due to metastatic prostate cancer, which he had suffered from since 1969, that is, confirmed the original version. But the second group of scientists found the same bacteria in Neruda’s tooth. The last group of experts was to establish the origin of this bacterium.
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