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Swiss lab to analyse Arafat remains

Geneva -

A Swiss radiology lab said on Friday it will test the remains of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat for polonium poisoning after receiving the go-ahead from his widow.

File photo - A Palestinian boy holds a poster of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in the West Bank city of Ramall. Credit: REUTERS

The experts from the Lausanne University Hospital Centre, which also got the green light from the Palestinian Authority, will travel to the West Bank to take samples from the body, a spokesman for the lab said.

The probe was requested by the Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas after a media investigation found elevated levels of polonium, a radioactive substance, on some of Arafat's belongings.

Arafat's widow, Suha Arafat, and their daughter filed a lawsuit on July 31 in France over the radioactive poisoning claims. They lodged the complaint for murder against persons unknown in France because Arafat died at a military hospital near Paris in 2004. - Sapa-AFP

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