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Chile: judge charges 6 people in ex-president’s death

August 11, 2017 GMT
FILE - In this undated file photo, Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva, who governed Chile from 1964 to 1970, waves to supporters. A judge on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, accused four doctors, an agent of the military dictatorship and a driver as authors, concealers and accomplices of the assassination of Montalva, one of the leaders of the opposition to dictator Augustus Pinochet. (AP Photo/La Tercera, File) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE
FILE - In this undated file photo, Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva, who governed Chile from 1964 to 1970, waves to supporters. A judge on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, accused four doctors, an agent of the military dictatorship and a driver as authors, concealers and accomplices of the assassination of Montalva, one of the leaders of the opposition to dictator Augustus Pinochet. (AP Photo/La Tercera, File) NO PUBLICAR EN CHILE

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A judge in Chile is charging six people in connection with the 1982 death of former President Eduardo Frei Montalva.

The judiciary said in a statement Friday that his death was caused by “toxic substances” that were gradually introduced into his body. He had been hospitalized at a private clinic.

The six people were charged with carrying out, covering up and serving as accomplices in the alleged crime. They include Frei Montalva’s driver, four doctors and two former agents of Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

Frei Montalva was succeeded by Salvador Allende as president. When he died at age 71, he was becoming an opposition force against Pinochet, who began his 17-year dictatorship by ousting Allende in a 1973 coup.