Six arrested over 'assassination' of former Chilean president

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The former Christian Democratic party leader died during routine surgery and his relatives have long suspected that he was the victim of foul play at the hands of secret police operating under the 1973-1990 military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

The four doctors arrested include two who took part in the surgery and two others who had a role in an initial autopsy of Frei's body.

Two other suspects in the case are accused of having spied on Frei, who at the time was seen as one of Pinochet's main political rivals.

The late leader's son, Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle, is a candidate in next Sunday's presidential elections representing the ruling centre-left coalition currently led by incumbent President Michelle Bachelet.

The judge in the case, Alejandro Madrid, said for the first time on Monday that he is inclined to believe that Frei's death was in fact, a calculated act of assassination.

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