Report: France launches criminal probe into Arafat's death

August 28, 2012 19:53

French prosecutors on Tuesday opened a murder investigation into the 2004 death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, AFP, citing sources close to the matter, reported.

The probe comes after Arafat's widow Suha launched legal action in France last month claiming the PLO leader was poisoned with radioactive polonium.Suha's allegation was based on a report by the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, which claimed an abnormally high level of polonium was found on Arafat’s belongings.

Palestinian officials have called for an international investigation into the case, along the lines of the United Nations Special Tribunal for slain Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri.

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