Russian report: Evidence does not prove Arafat poisoning

By REUTERS
November 8, 2013 12:31




RAMALLAH, West Bank - A Russian report quoted by Palestinian investigators on Friday found insufficient evidence to support the theory that Yasser Arafat died in 2004 by polonium poisoning.

Samples were extracted from Arafat's corpse last November by Swiss, French and Russian experts after an al-Jazeera documentary revealed unusually high amounts of the deadly Polonium isotope on his clothes.

"The outcome of the comprehensive report on the levels of Polonium-210 and the development of his illness does not give sufficient evidence to support the decision that Polonium-210 caused acute radiation syndrome leading to death," said Dr. Abdullah Bashir, quoting the conclusions of the Russian report.

But Dr. Bashir said that both the Swiss and Russian reports found "large amounts" of the radioactive isotope in his remains.

The Russian findings were significantly more cautious than Swiss conclusions, published by al-Jazeera on Wednesday, which said that its tests "moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning with Polonium-210".


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