Arafat’s body exhumed

2012-11-27 10:47

Ramallah – The body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has been exhumed, eight years after his death, as part of an investigation into allegations he was poisoned, official Palestinian radio said.

French magistrates opened a murder inquiry in August into Arafat’s death in Paris after a Swiss institute said it had discovered high levels of radioactive polonium on his clothing.

A team of international experts from Switzerland, France and Russia took samples from Arafat’s body to see if they could detect any trace of poison.

The remains were reburied once the samples were taken.

“The operation is finished, the tomb has been resealed and the samples have been given to the French, Swiss and Russian experts,” officials from the Palestinian commission investigating Arafat’s death told AFP.

– Reuters and Sapa

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