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MOSCOW **28 Feb 2013 First results expected from poison tests on Yasser Arafat’s body
Radioactive polonium was found on the clothing of Yasser Arafat after his death on 11 Nov 2004. At the request of

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MOSCOW **28 Feb 2013 First results expected from poison tests on Yasser Arafat's body
Radioactive polonium was found on the clothing of Yasser Arafat after his death on 11 Nov 2004. At the request of his widow, international forensic experts exhumed the Palestinian leader's body on Nov 27 for tissue samples to determine if he had been poisoned. The samples were sent to Russian, Swiss and French laboratories. According to Russian news sources, experts at the Russian Biomedical Agency will have the first results of their tests available at the end of February. The question is whether the results will

MOSCOW **28 Feb 2013 First results expected from poison tests on Yasser Arafat's body
Radioactive polonium was found on the clothing of Yasser Arafat after his death on 11 Nov 2004. At the request of his widow, international forensic experts exhumed the Palestinian leader's body on Nov 27 for tissue samples to determine if he had been poisoned. The samples were sent to Russian, Swiss and French laboratories. According to Russian news sources, experts at the Russian Biomedical Agency will have the first results of their tests available at the end of February. The question is whether the results will end the conspiracy theories surrounding the illness and death of the 75-year-old leader. Israel is suspected of having a hand in his demise.

The Russians are reported to be building a mathematical model to show whether the amount of the poison found on his clothing could prove lethal for the aged Palestinian leader.

At the time he fell ill, Israeli armor had pinned the Palestinian leader inside the rubble of Ramallah's complex for more than a year. The Israelis sent in food and decided who would visit. When he fell ill, Arafat was flown to France, where he died in a military hospital several days later.

A July report in Time Magazine notes that the hope is that the tissue tests might show conclusively that the radioactive poison was in his system and not only on clothes that skeptical Israelis say may have been tampered with. The cause of death was listed as unknown, helping to fuel the conspiracy theories. Time describes the death as a locked-room mystery of the first water, and that even if the poison is found in his remains, the question would remain of who did it and how it was done. (WRITTEN DEC 2012)

RELATED READING:

Arafat Poisoned? A Locked-Door Mystery Goes Forensic (Time 6 Jul 2012)
http://world.time.com/2012/07/06/arafat-poisoned-a-locked-door-mystery-goes-forensic/#ixzz2GChHqdUm

Yasser Arafat exhumation: results by end February (Voice of Russia 26 Dec 2012)
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_12_26/Yasser-Arafat-exhumation-results-by-end-February/

Arafat's body exhumed, tested for poison (CNN 27 Nov 2012)
http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/27/world/meast/west-bank-arafat/index.html

Sifting Through Conspiracy: A Look At Yasser Arafat's Death (NPR 23 Dec 2012)
http://www.npr.org/2012/12/23/167925589/sifting-through-conspiracy-a-look-at-yasser-arafats-death

Medical Records Say Arafat Died From a Stroke (NYT 8 Sep 2005)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/08/international/middleeast/08arafat.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 The New York Times

Date written/update: 2013-02-28