8 Jan 2014

Chile court closes Allende case

8:04 pm on 8 January 2014

The Supreme Court in Chile has closed an investigation into the death of former socialist president Salvador Allende in 1973.

Salvador Allende in the 1970s.

Salvador Allende in the 1970s. Photo: AFP / PRENSA LATINA

He was deposed in a military coup led by his army chief, General Augusto Pinochet, the BBC reports.

Mr Allende died inside the presidential palace as Chilean troops stormed the building. It was bombed by air force planes and shelled by tanks.

An inquiry carried out by international experts in 2012 supports the official version of events - that Mr Allende had taken his own life. He was found with a rifle between his legs set on automatic.

His family accepts the findings. But some of Mr Allende's supporters still believe he was shot dead by soldiers.

Even though the Supreme Court has closed the case, it continues to be a highly divisive issue in Chile.