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Yasser Arafat's widow to challenge French forensic probe

Published on Dec 7, 2013 1:34 AM

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The widow of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pledged on Friday to challenge a French inquiry that found his death to have been from natural causes, rather than poison as Palestinians suspect.

"A request for further expert opinion will be submitted in the next few days to investigating judges in (the Paris suburb of) Nanterre," Mrs Suha Arafat's French lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur told AFP.

Mrs Arafat lodged a murder complaint in Nanterre in July last year after an Al-Jazeera television documentary linked Arafat's 2004 death at a military hospital near Paris to polonium poisoning.

"After consultations with many legal experts and with the Swiss institute which examined samples from the martyr Arafat's remains, and having compared the French and Swiss reports, we have decided to turn to the French legal system to challenge the findings in the French medical report," she told AFP by phone.

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