French tests conclude Arafat was not poisoned

Tuesday 03 December 2013 18.36
Tests by French experts have concluded that Yasser Arafat did not die from poisoning
Tests by French experts have concluded that Yasser Arafat did not die from poisoning

French forensic tests have concluded that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat did not die of poisoning, as had been suggested by an earlier report, a source who saw the conclusions of the report has said.

"The results of the analyses allow us to conclude that the death was not the result of poisoning," the source said, quoting from conclusions of a report by French forensic experts handed over to Mr Arafat's widow Suha.

Swiss forensic experts said last month results from their tests of samples taken from Mr Arafat's body were consistent with polonium poisoning but were not absolute proof that he died that way.

Mr Arafat died in a French hospital in November 2004, four weeks after falling ill after a meal with vomiting and stomach pains.

The official cause of death was a massive stroke but French doctors said at the time they were unable to determine the origin of his illness. No autopsy was carried out.

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