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    Arafat's widow calls for swift exhumation

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, sees no reason why Yasser Arafat's body should not be exhumed following an Al Jazeera report that he may have died of poisoning, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

    Nabil Abu Rudeinah said that the Palestinian Authority would use "Arab and international scientific expertise" to review the findings.

    A nine-month investigation by Al Jazeera found that Arafat's final belongings - his clothes, his toothbrush, even his iconic kaffiyeh - contained elevated levels of polonium, a rare, highly radioactive element.

    Arafat's widow Suha told Al Jazeera she fully supports the investigation.

    She said that she had suspicions that it was a "crime".