Friday 19 January 2018

Arafat's remains to be exhumed

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photo: AP
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Photo: AP

Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem

THE body of Yasser Arafat is to be exhumed after tests suggested he was murdered by radioactive polonium poisoning.

The Palestinian Authority last night agreed to a request from his wife Suha to have an autopsy performed on the iconic leader's remains to search for traces of a poisonous substance.

The 75-year-old died from a mysterious illness in 2004.

A Swiss institute which examined clothing which had been in storage since his death, said its radiation protection experts had found "surprisingly" high levels of polonium-210, the same substance found to have killed a former Russian spy in London in 2006.

"I want the world to know the truth about the assassination of Yasser Arafat," Suha Arafat (48) told Al Jazeera yesterday.

Irish Independent

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