Photo: Salvador Allende
An autopsy has revealed the Chilean president died of two shots fired from an assault rifle, held between his legs.
American, Argentinean, British, Colombian and Spanish ballistic experts said the AK-47 Allende used to end his life, was a gift from Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and was set to fire automatically.
Spanish expert Francisco Etxeberria said the experts opinion was unanimous: “We have absolutely no doubt” that Allende committed suicide.
The forensic team explained that there were two shots fired, two casings were recovered, and there are no signs that point to a third person.
“We want to say, in clear and simple terms, that we have a great peace because this report concludes something that we had conviction in,” Allende’s daughter, Chilean Senator Isabel Allende Bussi, wrote on her website. The kin of the deceased former President wanted his body exhumed some 38 years later in order to conduct an autopsy into cause of death.
Almost forty years after the bloody 1973 coup that overthrew Chilean Socialist President Allende, the government of Sebastián Piñera has decided to put an end to 4 decades worth of gossip and urban myths surrounding the death of the leader violently replaced by general Augusto Pinochet.
“And the conclusion that the Allende family has is this: That President Allende, on September 11, 1973, under the extreme circumstances that he lived, made the decision to end his life rather than be humiliated or to live any other situation.”