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|2012-07-05 - Weird News|
Arafat's body to be exhumed for polonium poisoning test
-- Fourth Estate Cooperative Staff
Jerusalem, Israel (4E) - The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday the remains of former president Yasser Arafat can be exhumed for autopsy to verify if he died from polonium poisoning as claimed by Swiss scientists.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, said "Arab and international scientific expertise" will be used to review the findings of Dr. Francois Bochud, the director of the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland. The statement was in response to the call of Arafat's widow, Suha Arafat, for the exhumation to find out the real cause of her husband's sudden illness and death in 2004.
Bochud found high levels of polonium-210 in the blood, sweat, saliva and urine stains on Arafat's personal item provided by Suha Arafat nine months through the Qatar-based news outfit Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera then reported the findings of the scientists.
Arafat died at age 75 at a military hospital in France following weeks of severe diarrhea, weight loss, and vomiting. He had flown to Paris two weeks earlier to undergo treatment of a blood disorder, Palestinian officials said then.
It was also polonium poisoning that killed Russian spy-turned-dissident Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006. A British investigation found the poison was mixed with his tea at a sushi restaurant. His symptoms were the same as Arafat's before he died.
Only the United States, Israel and Russia have stocks of polonium-210, according to Cham Dallas, a professor and toxicologist at the University of Georgia's Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense.
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