Arafat 'may have been poisoned' to death, say Swiss tests

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The late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat may have been poisoned to death according to Swiss forensic tests.

A team of experts from Lausanne said that “unexpectedly high” levels of radioactive polonium were found on his body, which was exhumed last year amid ongoing claims that he was murdered.

Arafat died in 2004 in Paris where he had been flown after falling ill. The official cause was a stroke.

Many Palestinians suspected foul play and blamed Israel. It has always denied involvement.

The Swiss report says the results “moderately support the proposition that the death was the consequence of poisoning”.

Arafat’s widow says the tests reveal “a real crime, a political assassination”.

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