Chilean judge takes second stab at resolving murder of ex-president

From Reuters - August 11, 2017

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A Chilean judge formally accused six people on Friday of assassinating a former president during the country's 1973 to 1990 dictatorship, marking the second time in a decade he has moved to resolve the enduring murder case.

Judge Alejandro Madrid charged doctor Patricio Silva, chauffeur Luis Becerra, and intelligence agent Raul Lillo of poisoning Eduardo Frei Montalva in a Santiago clinic in 1982, an act apparently instigated by the right-wing dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, court documents showed.

Pedro Valdivia, another doctor, was accused of accessory to murder, while physicians Helmar Rosenberg and Sergio Gonzalez were accused of covering up the crime.

A lawyer for one of the accused did not immediately return messages requesting comment. Lawyers for the others could not be reached for comment.

Judge Madrid originally brought charges against the six in 2009 but they were later dismissed.


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