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Pablo Neruda poisoning doubts fuelled by new forensic tests

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Claims have persisted that the communist poet was murdered in 1973 by agents of Chilean dictator Pinochet. Now a Spanish team examining exhumed bones has found troubling results

The discovery this week of “unusual” bacteria in the bones of Pablo Neruda has reopened the possibility that one of the 20th century’s greatest poets was poisoned in a Chilean hospital.

The announcement was made by a forensic team in Spain four months after a Chilean judge declared that the investigation had run its course and the body should be reburied.

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