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Swiss experts to examine Arafat remains for polonium

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Swiss experts are to examine the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to see if he was killed by radioactive polonium poisoning, they announced Friday. Arafat’s widow Suha has launched a legal case in France to establish whether is death in a French military hospital was murder.


The radiation physics institute of the Lausanne hospital announced that experts will go to the West Bank to examine Arafat’s remains after obtaining the permission of Suha Arafat and

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the Palestinian Authority.

In July Al Jazeera television broadcast an investigation declared that they had found traces of polonium on his personal effects, reviving suspicions that he had been murdered.

At the time of his death, Palestinian officials alleged he had been poisoned by Israel, a charge Israel denies. An inconclusive Palestinian investigation in 2005 ruled out poisoning, as well as cancer and Aids.

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