Kin Says Former Chilean President Frei Murdered in 1982





SANTIAGO, Chile -- The family of former Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva filed a court complaint on Wednesday, claiming the former leader was assassinated by poisoning in 1982.

It named unspecified "groups of individuals related to military intelligence" under the dictatorship of the Gen. Augusto Pinochet, of whom Frei was a leading opponent.

The complaint filed by Frei's son, also named Eduardo and also a former president.

The elder Frei died on Jan. 22, 1982, from septic shock as he recovered from stomach surgery at a Santiago clinic.

The case has been investigated for years by the courts, and the family and other associates insist the former leader was assassinated by poisoning.



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