In 2009, Judge Alejandro Madrid signaled the investigation into the death of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva as a murderer. Almost exact 10 years later, and after 19 years of research, the magistrate ratified this afternoon – in a historical fact – the character of death: it was a crime.
In the 811 pages of the decision, Madrid points to the responsibilities of third parties that would have intervened during the period in which Frei Montalva was admitted to the Santa Maria clinic after complications due to a hernia operation at the # 39; hiat In this regard, his decision establishes that Frei Montalva would have been killed, in line with the position maintained by his daughter Carmen for years, who claims that the case is a magnicid.
In a news published on the site of the judiciary, it states that "the magistrate condemned the doctor Patricio Silva Garín to the effective sentence of 10 years years of mayor prison in the minimum degree because of his responsibility as the author of the crime of homicide, foreseen and sanctioned in article 391 number 2 of the Criminal Code. In the meantime, Luis Becerra Arancibia (personal chief of the president and informant of the CNI) was convicted as co-authors of the same crime. Raúl Lillo Gutiérrez (civil agent of the CNI) to the effective sentence of seven years of major presidency in the minimum degree. "
The text adds that "the Madrid minister sentenced the doctor Pedro Valdivia Soto to the effective penalty of five years of smaller prison in his maximum degree by his responsibility like accomplice of the same fact and to the tannatologists Helmar Rosenberg Go'mez and Sergio González Bombardiere to the penalties of 3 years of minor prison in the middle grade as concealers, penalty that must be met by conditional remission. "
Along the way, the investigation has pointed to roles that people of Frei Montalva's close trust and have placed in key positions of their iron circle.
The death of Frei Montalva has been for decades a topic on which he hangs a mantle of doubts. The presence of chemical agents in other cases linked to the intelligence services of the military regime caused that from the own family of the ex-mandate-in particular his daughter , ex Carmen Carmen Frei- tional, urged the need to investigate whether the sudden aggravation of the DC leader after what seemed to be a routine operation was also due to the intervention of third parties.
Frei Montalva, president between 1964 and 1970 and an iconic figure of Christian Democracy, at the time of his death, in January 1982, was the most visible face of the Augusto Pinochet regime.
At the time of his death, Frei Montalva had been leading the 1980 opposition campaign that he joined for the first time to vote "No" in the plebiscite that sought to ratify the Constitution created by the regime and hand over eight years of government to Augusto Pinochet. In this campaign, the most emblematic record is the "Caupolicanazo", an act in the historic Santiago theater with the former president as the main speaker.
His role was not casual. In spite of being a heroic opponent of Salvador Allende and thus facing the communities that integrated Popular Unity, his ascendant as one of the most prominent Chilean politicians of the 20th century placed him as a natural reference at a time when in addition political communities were outlawed.
The role of the family
The Frei family has played a key role in the process, although there are differences between the children about how to face the scenario, especially in recent years.
For example, one of the last controversies occurred when last August, Sebastián Piñera appointed Luis Castillo as undersecretary of Assistance Networks, because one of the issues that Madrid investigated in the investigation is its role in An episode in which it was found, in 2000, an unknown autopsy made to the former president, the documentation was at the Clinical Hospital of the Catholic University, of which Castillo was none.
At this point, the family accused the doctor – who the Madrid decision exculpated of responsibilities – had hidden the report that was in his possession, which in turn triggered the blockade of DC for any management in its role of undersecretary. However, Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle has played a prominent role as a plenipotentiary ambassador in Asia Pacific and even supporting government initiatives, before which his sister Carmen has questioned veiled this posture.