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Arafat widow questions French findings over Arafat poisoning
Arafat widow questions French findings over Arafat poisoning
Widow of Yasser Arafat
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Press TV - The widow of Yasser Arafat has questioned the findings of a French medical report ruling out the possibility that the late leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization was poisoned to death about a decade ago.

"I'm convinced there is something wrong, and he did not die from a natural death," Suha Arafat said on Tuesday.

A team of French forensic scientists investigating Arafat’s death concluded in a leaked report earlier in the day that he has died after a “generalized infection.”

This, however, countered a previous report by Swiss forensic scientists saying last month that the tests on the Palestinian leader’s corpse showed “unexpected high activity” of polonium-210, which "moderately" supported the poisoning theory.

The Swiss experts examined Arafat’s medical records, samples taken from his remains, which were exhumed in November 2012, and items he had taken into the hospital in Paris where he died.

Arafat’s widow, who has argued that her husband’s death was a political assassination, said she had requested that the findings of the Swiss investigation be made available to French officials probing the death.

She also voiced her concern over the fact that the medical teams in Switzerland and France came from different medical fields.

"I don't doubt them. But they are different skills. They are different types of medicines," she added.

Arafat died in 2004 at the age of 75 at a Paris military hospital. French doctors said at the time that they were unable to determine the origin of his illness.

Some 60 samples were collected from the remains of Arafat in November 2012 for an investigation to determine whether he had been poisoned. The samples were divided between Swiss and Russian scientists and were also given to a French team carrying out a probe at the request of Suha Arafat.