October 14, 2013
Swiss radiation experts have confirmed they found traces of polonium
on clothing used by Yasser Arafat which “support the possibility” the
veteran Palestinian leader was poisoned.
In a report published by The Lancet at the weekend, the team provide
scientific details to media statements made in 2012 that they had found
polonium on Arafat’s belongings.
Arafat died in France on November 11 2004 at the age of 75, but
doctors were unable to specify the cause of death. No autopsy was
carried out at the time, in line with his widow’s request.
His remains were exhumed in November 2012 and samples taken, partly
to investigate whether he had been poisoned — a suspicion that grew
after the assassination of Russian ex-spy and Kremlin critic Alexander
Litvinenko in 2006.
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