Chile: six people sentenced for 1982 murder of former president

Six people have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for the 1982 death of Chile’s former president Eduardo Frei Montalva, marking a historic ruling in the highest-profile murder case from Gen Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Judge Alejandro Madrid ruled that Frei Montalva was poisoned to death with “toxic substances” that were gradually introduced into his body while he was hospitalized at a private clinic.

“After 16 years, Judge Madrid determined that the death of President Frei Montalva was a murder,” Chilean president, Sebastian Piñera, said on Twitter. “We condemn this murder with indignation.”

The six people were sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison for carrying out, covering up and serving as accomplices in the crime. They include Frei Montalva’s driver, doctors and former agents of Pinochet.