Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chilean Court Concludes that Salvador Allende Died from his Own Hand

Chilean Judge Mario Carroza, after convening an international panel of experts and conducting an authoritative autopsy, has concluded that the late President Salvador Allende took his own life, with an AK-47 assault rifle, while defending the presidential palace in the country's 1973 coup.

Carroza ruled out the possibility that a soldier or bodyguard killed the late president. He also disproved a range of other myths surrounding Allende's death 38 years ago.

COMMENT: Allende was among 726 people who died or disappeared when General Augusto Pinochet seized power, and whose cases were processed through the courts since then. Carroza is reviewing these cases under a new mandate from the Supreme Court.

It should be noted that over time that the Allende Family, including sitting Senator Maria Isabel Allende Bussi, 66, has come to support the theory, now fact, that President Allende shot himself, reportedly with a rifle presented to him by Fidel Castro.

Celebrated Chilean writer Isabel Allende is Senator Allende's second cousin.

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