Pablo Neruda in 1971
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Chile poet Pablo Neruda's body to be exhumed

9 February 2013 Last updated at 04:17 GMT

A judge in Chile judge has ordered the remains of the poet and Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda to be exhumed as part of an investigation into the cause of his death.

Pablo Neruda died in 1973, twelve days after the military coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.

The poet's family has always maintained that he died in a Santiago clinic of advanced prostate cancer, aged 69.

In 2011 Chile started investigating allegations that he may have been poisoned.

The BBC's Gideon Long reports from Santiago.