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    Corbett: Arafat's Body Exhumed and Checked for Poison


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    Post  mudra Thu Nov 29, 2012 3:21 am

    Corbett: Arafat's Body Exhumed and Checked for Poison

    The remains of Yasser Arafat have been exhumed as experts try to ascertain whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned. The probe comes less than a week after the ceasefire between Gaza and Israel and precedes a UN vote on Palestine's nation status.
    Traces of a radioactive substance were found of Arafat's effects in July, adding impetus to the theory he was murdered.

    The procedure began at 05:00 GMT and was carried out in the presence of French, Russian and Swiss experts to verify its validity. Scientists took samples of Arafat's bones, which they will take back to their respective countries. There they will be analyzed for traces of radioactive material and other lethal substances.

    Experts have said a full investigation into the causes of Arafat's death could take several months.

    Journalists were prohibited from attending the exhumation "because [of the] sanctity of the symbol and the sanctity of this event," a former Palestinian intelligence chief told AFP.

    A probe was launched back in August following a documentary by Qatar-backed channel Al Jazeera. The documentary claimed that traces of plutonium-210 were discovered on items belonging to the iconic figure.

    Scientists from the Swiss Institute of Radiation Physics at Lausanne University found "significant traces" that exceeded normal levels by 10 times in some samples. However, investigators conceded that Arafat's symptoms according to his medical records were not consistent with radioactive poisoning.

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