When and where will the analysis be done?
The SML and the University of Chile are in charge of cataloguing and conducting X-ray scans of the remains. Toxicological analyses will probably be carried out in Spain and the United States, “but we have received offers from Sweden, Switzerland and Canada”, Bustos says. The team is drafting a schedule for their analyses to submit to the judge for approval, but Bustos does not expect the results of the analyses for some months.
How likely is it that Neruda was poisoned?
Neruda’s nephew and biographer Bernardo Reyes told CNN Chile that the dictatorship did not begin poisoning its opponents until some time after his uncle’s death. “Poison was used in specific cases starting from the 1980s,” Bustos says. “But we don’t have a preconceived opinion: we are executing a judicial order and we will base our conclusions on evidence.”