Swiss lab to analyse Arafat remains for poison

By JPOST.COM STAFF, REUTERS
August 24, 2012 15:30

 
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A Swiss laboratory will help investigate the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat after receiving the go-ahead from his widow, the radiology lab said on Friday.

A team of Swiss scientists will test the exhumed body of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for traces of radioactive polonium. Poisoning by this substance is suspected as a possible cause in Arafat’s 2004 death.

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 al-Hariri, and the Arab League has formed a special committee to advocate for a United Nations inquiry.

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