Rodolfo Reyes: "The photos and testimonials from Fina Torres and Evandro Teixeira are relevant in the case Neruda"

By Mario Casasus; July 15, 2013



Mexico City. - Clarín.cl In an interview with Rodolfo Reyes (1949), lawyer and Neruda direct nephew, talk of possible military intervention in the Santa Maria Clinic: "These are issues that are still being investigated, considering the situations devenidas fact at that time, the decrees issued by the military junta and especially those emanating from the Ministry of Health, such as Decree Law 20, issued on September 21, 1973, which reorganized the National Health Service and the Medical Service Employees National ", ie with Decree Law 20 auditors appointed military took over major government agencies, private companies and institutions.

The lawyer Rodolfo Reyes Munoz endorsed the complaint to clarify the death of Pablo Neruda, authorized the exhumation procedure agreed to DNA testing, "according to the international protocol indeed necessary that we, my brothers and I, as family members Neruda direct, voluntarily proceed DNA testing to determine with certainty that the exhumed body corresponds to Uncle Paul "told Clarín.cl and requested the participation of the University of Murcia (Spain) for new tests toxicology: "The request for a second laboratory we did it so that there is no doubt about what happened to Neruda in September 1973 and for the whole society to reach a conclusion on this issue," AFP Agency published (10 / 07/2013), the procedure was approved last week by Judge Mario Chariot.

The eldest nephew of Neruda traveled from Temuco to the wake and funeral in September 1973, 40 years after Rodolfo Reyes is recognized in the book images Vou viver. Tributo ao poet Pablo Neruda (Brazil, 2004) Evandro Teixeira, and supports a curiosity to study the book images Neruda: funeral and testament (Spain, 1973) Alvaro Sarmiento and Fina Torres: "I do not know the pictures of Josefina Torres Venezuelan and I appreciate you did get the existing ones. For Evandro Teixeira I have the book published years ago with photographs taken a few hours after Uncle Pablo Neruda died during the subsequent wake and funeral, which I believe have been and will be a great contribution in this research , as with just seeing them is denied the alleged 'cachexia' or malnutrition identified as the cause of death. I also was present at the wake and funeral and saw the body of the man in his coffin, with appearance and normal girth. "

MC. - Judicial and journalistic investigations rebuilt the last days of Neruda, why was it necessary to review historical biography of your Uncle Paul?
RR. - Attended the initial background relatives in the lawsuit initiated to investigate the causes of Neruda's death have emerged facts and circumstances associated with Uncle Paul, unknown and which may be relevant to this investigation.

MC. - The causes of death ranging from "UTI", "cardiac arrest", "shock by injection" and "cachexia", what do you think to the contradictions of the death certificate and newspaper reports of the time?
RR. - While not determine the real causes of death, all causes that have been identified are highly dubious.

MC. - As Matilde Urrutia, Neruda was injected "dolopirona", the doctor said Sergio Draper was "dipyrone", will the toxicology results could differentiate between dipyrone and dolopirona?, Descartarías? Finding sarin poison?
RR. - As there are still no further details about it, I can not anticipate results, so do not rule out any situation you mention.

MC. - It appears that the Clinic Santa Maria was taken over by the dictatorship, according to the photographer Evandro Teixeira: "Chile's military attaché in Brazil was a friend of the director of the clinic," the journalist Benedict Castillo: "Army links Clinical and came from years ago, in the early 1970s. " How could prove legally that the dictatorship had infiltrated a private hospital?
RR. - These are issues that are still being investigated, considering the factual situations devenidas at that time, the decrees issued by the military junta and especially those emanating from the Ministry of Health at the time, such as Decree Law 20, published the September 21, 1973, which reorganized the National Health Service and National Health Service Employees.

MC. - The lawyer Eduardo Contreras requested a DNA test to compare the bones of the poet with the DNA of his family, I remember you told me that in 1992 he took photographs during the exhumation of Neruda. Do you have any suspicion of "Operation removal of televisions" in the body of Neruda?
RR. - According to international protocol indeed necessary that we, my brothers and I, as Neruda's closest relatives, voluntarily proceed DNA testing to determine with certainty that the exhumed body corresponds to Uncle Paul . Without prejudice to the foregoing, and having witnessed the first exhumation that was made in 1992 to move to Isla Negra, I note that at first glance, this corresponded to Neruda's body, so apparently his body would not have been illegal exhumations object practiced military government to which you mean by the term "Operation removal of televisions".

MC. - The latest photographs of Neruda, taken on September 24 by Evandro Teixeira Brazilian and Venezuelan Josefina Torres, are world famous, does the image could legally deny cachexia?
RR. - I do not know the pictures of Josefina Torres Venezuela and I appreciate you did get the existing ones. For Evandro Teixeira I have the book published years ago with photographs taken a few hours after Uncle Pablo Neruda died during the subsequent wake and funeral, which I believe have been and will be a great contribution in this research , as with just viewing it belies the alleged "cachexia" or malnutrition identified as the cause of death. I also was present at the wake and funeral and saw the body of the man in his coffin, with appearance and normal girth.

MC. - The best Neruda's funeral photographs were captured by Marcelo Montecino, Evandro Teixeira and Josefina Torres. Do you recognize yourself in the images?
RR. - I should note that my first surprise was a few years to get my hands a book written in Spanish and Portuguese, the author and photographer Evandro Teixeira containing countless photographs of Neruda few hours after death and even in the Clinica Santa Maria , like other of the wake and funeral crowded. In some of them I photographed near the coffin and Matilde Urrutia.

MC. - Photographer Evandro Teixeira visit Chile this year, and the director Fina Torres works in California. When completed the presentation of witnesses?, You invite? Declare publicly that journalists were Neruda's funeral if they have any relevant information?
RR. - The investigation is in summary stage, which means that they can bring you near as many proofs as the parties deem conducive also can request binding errands matter investigated. As you will understand, all statements that may be useful are highly relevant, especially Evandro Teixeira and photographer Josefina Torres, who in addition to their own declarations would photographs that may be of relevance in research.

MC. - The Ambassadors Ulf Corbalá Hjertonsson and Gonzalo Martinez testified they saw the September 22, 1973 in Santa María Clinic. Did you talk with the two diplomats in the course of Neruda Case?, What would you say on behalf of the Reyes family?
RR. - Have been very important diplomatic statements by Ulf Corbalá Hjertonsson and Gonzalo Martinez. I have not had the opportunity to talk with them and I have no doubt keen to meet as soon as possible. Both, of course, all thanks possible-in my own name and my brothers friendship was demonstrated by Uncle Paul, and collaboration manifested to ascertain the facts and the real causes that led to the early death of Neruda.

MC. - Finally, the executive director of the Neruda Foundation stated, "the poet's nephews and his former driver have taken a role that is not theirs" (Cooperative 06/04/2013). What do you say to Fernando Sáez?, Did a day end the dictatorship "lifetime" of John A. Figueroa to give way to the will and testament of Neruda?
RR. - Concerning CEO Fernando Sáez, I should point out, and I have no doubt that their expressions only realize the official position of the Neruda Foundation, and this in its labor charge depending on it, can not but be echo in this area. Regarding the desire for all known and for which Neruda worked for the past months, trying to be laFundación Cantalao, I think you should always be alive for regaining momentum and shape the foundations laid by Neruda about his real project, who wished to bequeath to the literati and the Chilean people.

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