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A Russian official said on Tuesday that forensic tests found no indications of polonium poisoning in the body of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
“He could not have died of polonium poisoning - the Russian experts found no traces of this substance,” Vladimir Uiba, the head of Russia's Federal Medical-Biological Agency, told the Interfax news agency on Tuesday.
Last week, Britain's The Lancet journal reported that Swiss scientists had concluded that Arafat had been poisoned with the radioactive element polonium 210.
Arafat died at the age of 75 in a French hospital on November 11, 2004.
Medical records show he died of a brain haemorrhage, caused by a bowel infection.
In November 2012, samples from Arafat's corpse were given to French, Swiss and Russian forensic experts to determine whether he was poisoned. - Sapa-dpa