(Spanish CNN) — The minister of the Court of Appeals of Santiago de Chile, Paola Plaza, told the media this Wednesday that she received from the group of international experts the report of the investigations into the death of the poet Pablo Neruda. The conclusions of this investigation were not disclosed nor was an approximate date of when the results of the investigations will be known.
Indeed, Plaza said that now they have to read the documents to study them. After this review process, the court may issue the necessary resolutions.
The report of the international experts seeks to elucidate what was the true cause of death of the 1971 Nobel Prize for Literature, Pablo Neruda.
Until now, it was thought that the Chilean poet and communist militant had died of prostate cancer on September 23, 1973, at the Santa María Clinic in Santiago, twelve days after Augusto Pinochet’s coup. However, the story took a turn in 2011, when the Chilean Communist Party filed a complaint to investigate the facts after Neruda’s driver, Manuel Araya, claimed that he was murdered.
According to Araya’s version, Neruda arrived at the Santa María Clinic on September 19, 1973, prior to a scheduled trip to Mexico. “Neruda had controlled cancer, for 10 or 8 more years of life. He was not sick to die. He suffered from one leg, he had phlebitis, then suddenly he was limping,” explained the writer’s former assistant in an interview with the “La Red” channel in 2013.
The key: the discovery of a bacterium
In 2013, 40 years after his death, the body of Pablo Neruda was exhumed from his garden in Isla Negra to carry out the investigation, but the first tests revealed the absence of “relevant chemical agents.”
However, in 2017, a new panel of international experts determined that the poet did not die of prostate cancer and that the presence of the “clostridium botulinum” bacterium had been found in a molar, a bacillus found in the ground and is responsible for botulism, as reported by the affiliate CNN Chile.
“One does not catch a bacterium that is cultivated in laboratories for the purpose of biological weapons walking down the street,” said one of the experts who carried out the investigation, Aurelio Luna, in a press conference in 2017.
The expert reports continued under this new edge by scientists from Canada, Denmark, Chile and the United States, who sought to resolve how the botulinum toxin reached the body of the author of “I confess that I have lived.”