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

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In this undated file photo, Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva, who governed Chile from 1964 to 1970, waves to supporters. (AP Photo/La Tercera, File)
In this undated file photo, Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva, who governed Chile from 1964 to 1970, waves to supporters. (AP Photo/La Tercera, File)

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.