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Arafat exhumation hopes to quell poison quandary

Published on Nov 26, 2012 6:38 AM
 
One of the Middle East's greatest political mysteries will come a step closer to being solved on Tuesday when scientists exhume iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's remains to see if he was poisoned. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - One of the Middle East's greatest political mysteries will come a step closer to being solved on Tuesday when scientists exhume iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's remains to see if he was poisoned.

"It is very painful. It is a shock, and it is not easy for myself or my daughter," Arafat's widow Suha told AFP by telephone from her home in Malta ahead of the controversial procedure.

"But we must do it to turn the page on the great secrecy surrounding his death. If there was a crime, it must be solved."

French judges in charge of the investigation arrived on Sunday evening in the West Bank city of Ramallah, where Arafat's mausoleum stands in the grounds of the Muqataa complex from which the late leader ruled and where president Mahmud Abbas has his headquarters.

 
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