France opens enquiry into claims of Arafat poisoning
PARIS (AFP) - French prosecutors have opened a murder enquiry into Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's 2004 death near Paris following claims he may have died of polonium poisoning, sources told AFP on Tuesday.
The probe comes after Arafat's family launched legal action in France last month following reports the veteran Palestinian leader may have died from radioactive polonium.
Arafat's widow Suha and his daughter Zawra lodged a murder complaint on July 31 in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. Arafat died at age 75 at a military hospital near Paris in 2004.
"A judicial murder enquiry has been opened, as expected following the complaint from Mrs Arafat," a source close to the matter told AFP.