France opens murder inquiry into Arafat death

A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat following a report he may have been poisoned.

France opens murder inquiry into Arafat death

World Bulletin / News Desk

A French court has opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a legal source told Reuters on Tuesday, following a report he may have been poisoned.

Arafat died in a Paris military hospital in November 2004, a month after being airlifted, when his health collapsed, from his battered headquarters in Ramallah, where he had been besieged by Israel for more than two and a half years.

Last month, Arafat's wife, Suha, asked a court in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre to launch a murder investigation following revelations that a Swiss institute had discovered high levels of the radioactive element polonium-210 on Arafat's clothing.

Last Mod: 29 Ağustos 2012, 11:09
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